Situation UpdateWednesday, May 9th, 2012
A landslide near Machhapuchhre Mountain in Kaski district triggered a flash flood in Seti River
A landslide near Machhapuchhre Mountain in Kaski district triggered a flash flood in Seti River, sweeping settlements and breaching the river banks downstream on 05 May 2012 at around 0930 hrs. Kharapani village in Sardikhola Village Development Committee (VDC) and Sadal village in Machhapuchhre VDC are worst hit by the powerful outburst. According to National Emergency Center (NEOC), total of 26 people have confirmed dead and 44 gone missing as of 1800 hrs, 07 May 2012. Among them, three were Ukrainian tourists.
The bad hit area is 40 km north from Pokhara valley.
The Nepal Army, Armed Police Force and Nepal police personnel have been carrying out search operation with the help of excavators, bulldozers and sniffer dogs.
According to local administration, Annapurna area and Pokhara are safe place for trekking and tour, and all touristic areas are away from the vicinity of Seti river.
Nepal Tourism Board expresses heartfelt condolence to the families of deceased persons.