This morning, we woke up to the news of a landslide on the Kali Gandaki river. The dry landslide, caused by land that was weakened by the April 25th earthquake and numerous aftershocks, gave way starting Friday morning, and by Sunday morning, created an artificial lake that was 100m high and 1km deep. By mid-morning, downstream villages upto 60km away from the landslide have been put on high alert, and many have been evacuated.
In response to the dry landslides this morning, we have set up four new tasks:
Even though the risk has now abated, the event foretells what the monsoon is going to be like this year. Preliminary findings have revealed that more than 3,000 small and large landslides have been detected in the earthquake-affected regions in Nepal, putting many lives that have already been made difficult by an earthquake in an even more dire situation. In the monsoon, many of these landslides are likely to re-trigger, and many new landslides will be created as well.
It is going to be a long monsoon.
At the Kathmandu Living Labs, we will help as best we can by having open maps that responding organizations can make use of. Tomorrow, we are hosting a mapping party at the Kathmandu Living Labs’ temporary office, between 2 and 5pm, to train more people so we can respond with better maps and information when situations like this morning’s occur.
Thanks to our 52 crowdfunders who have helped us cross the 15% mark for funds raised! We still have $35,000 to raise, which is a long way to go.
Featured Volunteer of the Day
Finally, going back to our normal programming: our featured volunteer of the day is Sonali Agrawal who volunteered with the QuakeMap.org team.
Earthquake had left me scared for once but as time healed the fear away, I started collecting relief materials from Neighbours, Families and Friend’s for it to be dispatched. But, this was not enough I wanted to do more.
Then the call for volunteers in Kathmandu Living Lab came, which sounded as the best place for me to contribute through. Here, I was verifying the reports submitted by people from all around the Globe, for it to be approved and then dispatched by the various organizations listed in our Database.
Where were you during the earthquake?
I was in my room relaxing, scrolling the messages in Viber, after having helped my mother with the chores.
What has your experience been?
Being a Management student mapping was totally a new thing, but the team’s dedication and clear vision of their goal made the journey easier. As a verifier, I was involved in listening to problems that people of our country were facing for more than six hours in a day which would many a time leave me sad, but the feedback of having received the required relief materials has been enough to make me satisfied and continue my work with full motivation.