Massive evacuation in Nepal as landslide blocks river

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Kathmandu: Already shattered by the devastating April quake, which claimed numerous lives in Nepal, Thousands of people have fled villages and towns along a mountain river in north western Nepal after it was blocked by a landslide that could burst and cause flash floods.

Government administrator Yam Bahadur Chokhal says the landslide blocked Kaligandaki river early Sunday and the buildup of water has created a lake 2 km long.

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Two powerful earthquakes devastated Nepal on April 25 and May 12, killing nearly 8,700 people and injuring 16,800 others. The quakes and aftershocks also have triggered many landslides in the Himalayan nation.

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