KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal will ask international experts to assess the safety of Mount Everest trekking trails in an effort to convince tourists it is safe to return after two devastating earthquakes closed most routes.
The quakes, on April 25 and May 12, killed almost 9,000 people and shook mountains triggering avalanches that killed scores of climbers and guides. Experts say catastrophic landslides could be triggered during this monsoon season that begins in mid-June.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Feuding political parties said on Monday they had agreed to split Nepal into eight federal provinces, ending years of stalemate over the new constitution intended to stabilize the country after civil war and the abolition of its monarchy.
The agreement came a month after deadly earthquakes shattered Nepal and analysts said politicians may have shown greater urgency to overcome the impasse following criticism of their response to the disaster.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Thousands of children affected by last month’s earthquake in Nepal returned to schools on Sunday, a working day in the Himalayan nation, five weeks after the disaster killed more than 8,600 people and destroyed many homes.
Dressed informally, children clutched their parents’ hands before filing past ruins of collapsed buildings to enter tarpaulin tents and makeshift cottages that will serve as their schools until their old one is re-built.
KATHMANDU, May 27 (Reuters) – Nepal has found more human
remains at the site where a U.S. military helicopter crashed
during a mission to aid victims of the country’s earthquake, the
army said on Wednesday.
The recovery was made on May 25, 10 days after the bodies of
six U.S. Marines and two Nepali soldiers were found among the
wreckage of the aircraft in mountains northeast of the capital
KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal banned children from traveling without parents or approved guardians on Tuesday in an unprecedented move to deter human traffickers who authorities fear are targeting vulnerable families after last month’s devastating earthquake.
Hundreds of thousands of families lost their homes in Nepal after two large earthquakes struck on April 25 and May 12, killing more than 8,600 people and raising concerns among rights groups that trafficking rings in the region are taking advantage of the chaos.
KATHMANDU, May 24 (Reuters) – A river dammed up by a huge
landslide in Nepal’s northwest has begun flowing again but the
risks of flash floods are not over yet, police said on Sunday.
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, triggering fears that
a large volume of water would build up and then burst through,
causing floods downstream that could reach as far as 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.
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.
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.
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.