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More sinkholes in Kaski village

POKHARA, NOV 28 -

Around 50 families of Armala VDC of Kaski district are still at risk as the formation of sinkholes continues.

Around 18 houses in the village have already started caving in after sinkholes started appearing near the Majhuwa stream flowing, leaving the families in search of alternative shelters.

Ram Chandra Poudel, secretary at Armala VDC said more than 40 sinkholes have appeared in the area threatening more than 50 households. “We had expected that the process of sinkhole formation would go down since its

first appearance on Sunday, but the intensity has increased over the past few days threatening the lives and properties of the locals,” he said. Due to the sinkholes, he said, the land surface covering around 75 meters along the river has sunk.

Earlier, a special team mobilised by the Department of Mines and Geology inspected the affected areas on Tuesday and stated that the flow of water from inside the soil weakened the lower soil strata, creating sinkholes. The major reason behind the disaster was the increasing human encroachment and unplanned infrastructure development along the river sides.

Meanwhile, the Nepal Risk Reduction Consortium, a unique platform launched in 2010 bringing together diverse partners working in disaster risk management in the country, has stated that urban populations are increasing people’s vulnerability to natural disasters, specifically earthquakes as urbanisation is being done in a haphazard manner with little planning and poor infrastructure. The concept of urban risk reduction is relatively new in the disaster risk reduction field, the consortium said.

Posted on: 2013-11-28 08:48