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Landslide raises fears of flooding in India

Disaster blocks river, threatening villages

  • Nepalese rescuers search for bodies of victims of Saturday's landslide as a damaged school bus lies on left, in Mankha, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug.4, 2014. Nepalese authorities said there is no hope that more than 150 missing people are still alive after being buried by piles of rocks, mud and upturned trees.  (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    Nepalese rescuers search for bodies of victims of Saturday's landslide as a damaged school bus lies on left, in Mankha, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug.4, 2014. Nepalese authorities said there is no hope that more than 150 missing people are still alive after being buried by piles of rocks, mud and upturned trees. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

  • Nepalese relatives of those missing in Saturday's landslide wail as they sit outside a shop as rescuers search for bodies in Mankha, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug.4, 2014. Nepalese authorities said there is no hope that more than 150 missing people are still alive after being buried by piles of rocks, mud and upturned trees.  (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    Nepalese relatives of those missing in Saturday's landslide wail as they sit outside a shop as rescuers search for bodies in Mankha, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug.4, 2014. Nepalese authorities said there is no hope that more than 150 missing people are still alive after being buried by piles of rocks, mud and upturned trees. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

  • People stand at the banks of the River Sunkoshi near the site of a massive landslide in Mankha village, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Rescue workers in eastern India urgently evacuated tens of thousands of people on Monday after a deadly landslide in neighboring Nepal blocked a river that could burst its banks and submerge scores of Indian villages. Authorities in Nepal said there is no hope that more than 150 missing people are still alive after being buried by piles of rocks, mud and upturned trees in Saturday's landslide. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    People stand at the banks of the River Sunkoshi near the site of a massive landslide in Mankha village, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Rescue workers in eastern India urgently evacuated tens of thousands of people on Monday after a deadly landslide in neighboring Nepal blocked a river that could burst its banks and submerge scores of Indian villages. Authorities in Nepal said there is no hope that more than 150 missing people are still alive after being buried by piles of rocks, mud and upturned trees in Saturday's landslide. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

  • A Nepalese boy waits for news of his missing family near a damaged building as rescuers conduct search operation after a landslide in Mankha village, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Rescue workers in eastern India urgently evacuated tens of thousands of people on Monday after a deadly landslide in neighboring Nepal blocked a river that could burst its banks and submerge scores of Indian villages. Authorities in Nepal said there is no hope that more than 150 missing people are still alive after being buried by piles of rocks, mud and upturned trees in Saturday's landslide. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    A Nepalese boy waits for news of his missing family near a damaged building as rescuers conduct search operation after a landslide in Mankha village, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Rescue workers in eastern India urgently evacuated tens of thousands of people on Monday after a deadly landslide in neighboring Nepal blocked a river that could burst its banks and submerge scores of Indian villages. Authorities in Nepal said there is no hope that more than 150 missing people are still alive after being buried by piles of rocks, mud and upturned trees in Saturday's landslide. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

  • Nepalese soldiers carry a dead body through the mud and debris after a landslide in Mankha village, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Police and army rescuers helped by villagers resumed their search for victims through piles of rock, mud and upturned trees Monday, two days after the landslide crushed dozens of houses in the village. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    Nepalese soldiers carry a dead body through the mud and debris after a landslide in Mankha village, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Police and army rescuers helped by villagers resumed their search for victims through piles of rock, mud and upturned trees Monday, two days after the landslide crushed dozens of houses in the village. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

  • Relatives of a victim of a landslide wail at the site in Mankha village, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.  An army of 700 police and soldiers dug through piles of rocks, mud and upturned trees Monday using their hands, shovels and an excavator searching for more than 150 people who were believed crushed by weekend landslide. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    Relatives of a victim of a landslide wail at the site in Mankha village, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. An army of 700 police and soldiers dug through piles of rocks, mud and upturned trees Monday using their hands, shovels and an excavator searching for more than 150 people who were believed crushed by weekend landslide. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

  • Nepalese rescuers walk past dead bodies of victims of Saturday's landslide in Mankha, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug.4, 2014. Nepalese authorities said there is no hope that more than 150 missing people are still alive after being buried by piles of rocks, mud and upturned trees.  (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    Nepalese rescuers walk past dead bodies of victims of Saturday's landslide in Mankha, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug.4, 2014. Nepalese authorities said there is no hope that more than 150 missing people are still alive after being buried by piles of rocks, mud and upturned trees. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

  • Nepalese rescuers search for bodies of victims of Saturday's landslide as a damaged school bus lies on left, in Mankha, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug.4, 2014. Nepalese authorities said there is no hope that more than 150 missing people are still alive after being buried by piles of rocks, mud and upturned trees.  (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
  • Nepalese relatives of those missing in Saturday's landslide wail as they sit outside a shop as rescuers search for bodies in Mankha, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug.4, 2014. Nepalese authorities said there is no hope that more than 150 missing people are still alive after being buried by piles of rocks, mud and upturned trees.  (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
  • People stand at the banks of the River Sunkoshi near the site of a massive landslide in Mankha village, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Rescue workers in eastern India urgently evacuated tens of thousands of people on Monday after a deadly landslide in neighboring Nepal blocked a river that could burst its banks and submerge scores of Indian villages. Authorities in Nepal said there is no hope that more than 150 missing people are still alive after being buried by piles of rocks, mud and upturned trees in Saturday's landslide. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
  • A Nepalese boy waits for news of his missing family near a damaged building as rescuers conduct search operation after a landslide in Mankha village, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Rescue workers in eastern India urgently evacuated tens of thousands of people on Monday after a deadly landslide in neighboring Nepal blocked a river that could burst its banks and submerge scores of Indian villages. Authorities in Nepal said there is no hope that more than 150 missing people are still alive after being buried by piles of rocks, mud and upturned trees in Saturday's landslide. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
  • Nepalese soldiers carry a dead body through the mud and debris after a landslide in Mankha village, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Police and army rescuers helped by villagers resumed their search for victims through piles of rock, mud and upturned trees Monday, two days after the landslide crushed dozens of houses in the village. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
  • Relatives of a victim of a landslide wail at the site in Mankha village, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.  An army of 700 police and soldiers dug through piles of rocks, mud and upturned trees Monday using their hands, shovels and an excavator searching for more than 150 people who were believed crushed by weekend landslide. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
  • Nepalese rescuers walk past dead bodies of victims of Saturday's landslide in Mankha, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug.4, 2014. Nepalese authorities said there is no hope that more than 150 missing people are still alive after being buried by piles of rocks, mud and upturned trees.  (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Rescue workers urgently evacuated tens of thousands of people in eastern India yesterday after a deadly landslide in neighboring Nepal blocked a river that could burst its banks and submerge scores of Indian villages.

Authorities in Nepal said there is no hope that more than 150 missing people are still alive after being buried by piles of rocks, mud and upturned trees in Saturday’s landslide in Mankha, about 75 miles east of Katmandu. Nineteen others are confirmed dead.

But as disaster workers continued to clear the debris yesterday, the danger area moved downstream to eastern India, where 125,000 people are in peril.

The landslide blocked a mountain river in Nepal, causing it to back up and form a massive lake that is threatening to overflow and flood the Indian villages.

“We are keeping our fingers crossed right now,” said Aniruddh Kumar, a senior disaster management official in India’s Bihar state. He said it is still not clear how much water might come down from the lake.

Nepal’s army triggered three controlled explosions Saturday to allow some water to flow out of the lake, but much of it remains trapped.

Another landslide hit in a village in eastern Nepal yesterday, killing four people and leaving six others missing.

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