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May 24, 2015

Nepal landslide blocks river, raises fears of flood reaching India

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepali authorities urged thousands of villagers on Sunday to move to safety after a landslide likely triggered by recent earthquakes blocked a river, raising fears of a devastating flash flood, officials said.

The landslide at Ramche village in Myagdi district, about 140 km (90 miles) northwest of Kathmandu, struck on Saturday night and blocked the Kali Gandaki River.

May 16, 2015

Wreckage of missing U.S. helicopter found in Nepal; no survivors

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – The wreckage of a U.S. military helicopter lost on an earthquake relief mission in Nepal was found on Friday high on a mountainside and all eight on board were killed, U.S. officials said.

A U.S. search team identified the wreckage as that of the missing Marines UH-1Y Huey helicopter deployed after the Himalayan state was hit by a big earthquake last month that killed more than 8,000 people.

May 15, 2015

Wreckage of missing U.S. helicopter found – Nepali army

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – The wreckage of a U.S. military helicopter that went missing on Tuesday in Nepal has been found on a mountainside and it is not clear if any of the eight people on board survived, a Nepali army general said on Friday.

The Marine Corps UH-1Y Huey was spotted near the village of Ghorthali at an altitude of 11,200 feet (3,400 m), Major General Binoj Basnet told Reuters. A team of Nepali soldiers was trying to make its way to the site, he said.

May 13, 2015

Troops search rugged area for missing U.S. helicopter after new Nepal quake

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepali and U.S. troops were scouring the area worst hit by a second large earthquake for a missing U.S. Marine helicopter on Wednesday, a zone described by frightened residents as a “graveyard” because the quake flattened so many houses.

Home ministry official Laxmi Prasad Dhakal said at least 65 people had been killed in Tuesday’s 7.3 magnitude quake, which destroyed swaths of housing in the district of Dolakha east of the capital, Kathmandu.

May 12, 2015

After Nepal quakes, monsoon poses risk of more landslides, floods

JURE, Nepal (Reuters) – Areas of Nepal remain perilously unstable following last month’s devastating earthquake, and, as Tuesday’s tremor showed, landslides pose an ongoing menace that will only increase when seasonal monsoon rains begin to fall in the coming weeks.

Geologists are rushing to identify the valleys, villages and towns most at risk from rock and mud falls, but resources are stretched as the country recovers from an April 25 quake that killed 8,000 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless.

May 12, 2015

Another strong earthquake hits Nepal, no reports of casualties

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A strong earthquake shook Nepal on Tuesday, sending people in the capital Kathmandu rushing out on to the streets just weeks after a devastating quake killed more than 8,000 people and destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes.

The U.S. Geological Survey said Tuesday’s earthquake had a magnitude of 7.4 and struck 68 km (about 42 miles) west of the town of Namche Bazar, close to Mount Everest and the border with Tibet. It was felt as far apart as New Delhi and Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

May 7, 2015

Hundreds of bodies may be buried in Nepal avalanche, official says

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Body parts are strewn on the slopes of a mountain in Nepal, and up to 300 people, many of them foreigners, are believed buried there by an avalanche set off by last month’s earthquake, an official said on Thursday.

Rescuers pulled out six bodies from the Langtang village area, 60 km (40 miles) north of Kathmandu, on Wednesday but operations were being hampered by bad weather, said Gautam Rimal, assistant district administrator.

May 5, 2015

Bad weather disrupts links with avalanche-hit Nepal village

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Bad weather has cut links with a remote village in Nepal where dozens of villagers and trekkers are believed to be buried under an avalanche set off by last month’s devastating earthquake, officials said on Tuesday.

The death toll from the April 25 earthquake in the Himalayan nation has reached 7,557, the government said.

May 4, 2015

About 100 bodies found in Nepal trekking village

KATHMANDU, May 4 (Reuters) – Nepali police and local
volunteers found the bodies of about 100 trekkers and villagers
buried in an avalanche set off by last month’s devastating
earthquake and were digging through snow and ice for signs of
dozens more missing, officials said on Monday.

The bodies were recovered on Saturday and Sunday at the
Langtang village, 60 kilometres(40 miles) north of Kathmandu,
which is on a trekking route popular with Westerners. The entire
village, which includes 55 guesthouses for trekkers, was wiped
out by the avalanche, officials said.

May 4, 2015

Three rescued eight days after Nepal quake as U.S. Marines arrive

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Three people were pulled alive from the rubble of their home eight days after Nepal’s devastating earthquake, as a supply logjam threatened to hamper disaster relief efforts bolstered by the arrival of U.S. aircraft and troops.

The small-scale rescue, announced on Sunday by a home ministry official, brought fresh hope to a badly-hit district northeast of the capital Kathmandu, but about 50 bodies were also discovered on a northern trekking route obliterated by an avalanche that the April 25 quake triggered.