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Thursday 23 March 2017

Villagers return after river freed

People gather at the site of the landslide north of Beni Bazaar (AP)
People gather at the site of the landslide north of Beni Bazaar (AP)

Thousands of villagers in Nepal are returning to their homes after a mountain river swept away debris from a landslide that had blocked it, allowing waters to flow normally again.

The pre-dawn landslide in an area north of Beni Bazaar, about 125 miles north west of the capital Kathmandu, dammed up the Kaligandaki River and created a lake 1.2 miles long, causing thousands of villagers to flee, fearing flash floods.

Overnight, the river washed away rocks and other debris, and the river was later flowing at its normal level.

The landslide was not caused by an aftershock to major earthquakes that struck Nepal on April 25 and May 12, which together killed nearly 8,700 people and injuring 16,800 others.

In 2012, dozens of people were killed when an avalanche held back the nearby Seti River, which then burst through the snow blockage and sent water gushing through villages along its banks.

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