Geologists off to quake-hit districts for survey

The Department of Mines and Geology has deputed teams of geologists to sixteen districts that have turned vulnerable to earthquakes due to the recent earthquakes.

The teams have been assigned to carry out the geological survey in the districts with reports of land slip, sink and crevices caused by the earthquake. They would work as subordination to the Settlements Relocation Committee formed under the coordination of lawmakers.

Lamjung, Gorkha, Dhading, Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha, Ramechhap, Sindhuli, Okhaldhunga, Kavrepalanchowk, Solukhumbu, Tanahu, Khotang, and Lalitpur have been selected for the geological survey, according to Department Director General Sarbajeet Prasad Mahato.

Likewise, the Department is sending a team of geologists to Nanglebhare of Shankarapur Municipality in Kathmandu. The Department is planning to submit the study reports to the Ministry of Home Affairs within this week.

Meanwhile, the teams of geologists and meteorologists, scheduled to fly to Solukhumbu and Dolakha on Friday to take the stock of glacial lakes in view of possible outburst in the aftermath of the massive earthquake, were forced to cancel the trip due to adverse weather.

There was a sudden flooding in the Dudhkoshi River in Solukhumbu Wednesday albeit without rainfall, increasing a suspicion that a small glacial lake in the district might have burst. Inja glacial lake in Solukhumbu and Tshorolpa in Dolkaha are at high risk of outburst and the Department has decided to send a study team there too, it is learnt. RSS

Source: eKantipur