Annapurna avalanche triggers Ghandruk flood; brings misery
POKHARA, JUL 11 -
An avalanche at the Annapurna South mountain has triggered a flood in the Kimrung river in the tourist village of Ghandruk -9. The flood on Monday night swept away a suspension bridge and has left 20 houses in danger, locals said. The bridge acts as a link between Chhomrang and the Annapurna Base Camp. Ten international tourists, five guides and porters and five others are stranded after the bridge collapsed. Local people are a frightened lot as the avalanche and the flood is continuing. They said transporting of goods on mules across the bridge has come to a halt.
Ghandruk -based hotel owner Kisan Gurung said a glacier from the Annapurna South fell at a place called Jhongle.
Om Prasad Gurung, a witness from Chhomrang, said the flood and landslides began with a deafening sound at 7:45 pm.
Sunil Gurung, a resident who lives near the bridge, said Kimrung river has been flooded 35 times since June 7 and this one was the biggest. Saying that the Jhongle hill burst this time, he said the settlements affected by the flood and landslides could be at grave risk. Police have advised people living by the banks of the Modi river to remain on high alert. Shailendra Thapa, the chief of the Kaski District Police Office, said a police team from Birethati has been sent to alert the riverside residents.
The Kimrung river meets the Modi, which flows through Birethathi of Kaski district, then to Modibeni of Parbat and eventually mixes with the Kali Gandaki river.
Posted on: 2012-07-11 08:28