JURE: 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.
Diwakar Koirala, deputy administrator in Sindhupalchowk district, which reported the most deaths in last month’s disaster, said Tuesday’s quake caused three more big landslides. The risk of more prevented the authorities from heading to affected villages to help.
Beyond the immediate emergency, some families will have to move to safer areas, a slow, costly process which Nepal can ill afford.
“There are some areas where it is very difficult to stay on a long-term basis, so we are looking at resettlement,” said Iman Gurung, a home ministry adviser, declining to specify which
“We hope it’s not a big number,” Gurung said. “These villages have thousands of years of history. But we don’t want to put their lives at risk.”