Blocked river water caused by Nepal's landslide released
KATHMANDU, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- A controlled blast conducted by the Nepalese Army Saturday afternoon has released the blocked river water caused by a massive landslide, locals and police deployed at the area told Xinhua.
Water level of the Sunkoshi River increased rapidly following the blockage caused by the landslide that hit the Sindupalchowk district in Nepal's eastern hilly region at early Saturday morning.
The controlled blast was conducted at around 4 p.m.
"Water has started to flow from the northern side of the pool created by the blocked water in the Sunkoshi River," Ram Nagarkoti, a villager, told Xinhua.
At least eight people are confirmed dead in the incident, including four men, two women and two children, according to the police deployed at the scene. The exact identities of the deceased, however, remained unknown.
The Nepalese government has so far not been able to assess the loss of property and human lives. The number of missing people in the incident is yet to be confirmed.