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Nepal landslides claim the lives of 46

Local media reports indicate that a mud flow landslide 125km west of Kathmandu near Pokhara has killed 30 people.

The Pokhara landslide, which is just 15km from the start of the Annapurna trekking route which was declared geotechnically safe earlier this week, is believed to have been triggered by monsoon rainfall.

Landslides in five other locations in Nepal are reported to have claimed the lives of a further 16 people.

Nonetheless, landslide specialist Dave Petley, who is pro-vice chancellor at East Anglia University said that while it is tempting to link this to the earthquake, this is looks like just a normal monsoon rainfall event, the sort that happens every year.  “So far we are not seeing anomalously high levels of landslides, primarily because the monsoon is very weak,” he added.

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