Landslides, flooding block main highway to Nepal’s capital
21 Jul 2020 01 03
Youths walk in flood waters after the Bagmati River overflowed following monsoon rains in Kathmandu on Monday. AFP
Landslides and flooding caused by heavy rainfall have blocked the main highway connecting most of Nepal to the Himalayan nation's capital, preventing trucks from bringing in fuel and supplies, officials said on Tuesday.
There were several landslides along the Prithvi Highway that either blocked the road or damaged portions of it, police official Rabindra Regmi said. Heavy equipment was being used to try to clear the debris to open up the highway.
A resident stands from her balcony as the Bagmati River overflowed following monsoon rains in Kathmandu. AFP
A flooded river also damaged a bridge on the highway, and hundreds of vehicles were stranded on either side of the route.
The highway is used by both passenger vehicles and cargo trucks to transport food, supplies and fuel to the capital, Kathmandu.
Since Nepal's monsoon season began last month, landslides, flooding and lightning have killed at least 131 people and left 48 others missing.