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"Part of the village was missing": Nepal landslide victim

Sunday, August 03, 2014 - 01:08

Nepal's army tries to clear a mud dam created after a landslide buried dozens of homes, leaving more than 100 people missing. Gavino Garay reports.

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A muddy lake lies below a massive landslide in Nepal. The landslide, triggered by heavy rainfall, killed at least 9 people and left more than 100 missing. Police here fear the death toll could quickly climb. Locals say they were caught by surprise. (SOUNDBITE) (Nepali) UNIDENTIFIED LOCAL RESIDENT SAYING: "At about 1.30am (2000GMT on Friday, August 1st) in the morning we heard a big bang like that of an earthquake. We came out and we saw the other part of the village was missing. We thought our relatives had gone missing." (SOUNDBITE) (Nepali) UNIDENTIFIED LOCAL RESIDENT SAYING: "Everything is out of order. Lots of people are missing. All the settlements are being dismantled, cattle are missing." Nepal's army detonates part of a mud dam to allow the water to slowly drain. It's a measure to prevent a massive breach that could flood parts of India as well. But Indian authorities are taking no chances and have evacuated low-lying communities. Heavy rainfall, while essential for agriculture in these communities, kills scores of people every year.

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"Part of the village was missing": Nepal landslide victim

Sunday, August 03, 2014 - 01:08