Sunkoshi Lake bursts after 35 days of formation

The 20 metre road section in Kothe of Phulping VDC-7 of the district along the Araniko Highway has been cracked following the burst in virtual lake this morning.

The vehicles have been plying on only one side of the road.

According to a local Suk Bahadur Karki, there is a high chance of landslide in Pangretar VDC due to incessant rainfall over the last two days.

BANEPA: The artificial lake formed in Sunkoshi River following the August 2 massive landslides in Jure of Sindhupalchok has burst abruptly in the wee hours of Sunday.

The water level in the lake has decreased by 18 metres after the burst.

As many as 156 persons died and scores went missing when a massive landslide washed away entire Jure village on August 2.

According to a local Bal Raj Parajuli, the incident occurred at around 2:30 am today.

The water flow has suddenly increased in the Sunkoshi River, terrorising people living downstream.

According to the District Police office, Sindhupalchok, an exacavator of Nepal Army, 10 motorbikes and the house of Suresh Kumar Shrestha have been swept away after the outburst of the lake. 

The river has also damaged some parts of the Sanima Hydro Power. 

However, no human casaulties have been reported yet.

Police said that the dam of Lamusanghu Hydropower is at high risk of being swept away.

The most of the infrastructure including buildings and hydropower plant that were submerged last month came to the surface with the decrease in water level.

Police said that transportation along the Araniko highway has been stopped.

The concerned authorities have urged the people living downstream to stay on high alert.

Large number of security personnel have been deployed in the incident site.

Earlier, the Nepal Army had carried out a series of controlled blasts to drain water from the lake.

Source: THT