From Nepali Times, ISSUE #723 (5 September 2014 – 11 September 2014)
Photographs of the site of the ‘mountain-slide’
On the pre-dawn hours of 2 August exactly a month ago, a whole mountainside swept down on the village of Jure, burying at least 156 people (almost a third of them children) under tons of rock and rubble. The entire side of the hill on the western bank of the Sunkosi between Mankha and Ramche VDCs fell off at 3 AM that morning, disappearing the old village on the slope as well as the settlement along the Arniko Highway further down. A government secondary school was wiped out. On the edges of the landslide one can observe only the devastation’s periphery, because most of the people, livestock, houses and highway lie deep underneath.
On 30 August, in the company of Ani Choying Drolma, we visited the dammed up Sunkosi area where Jure village used to be. It was a numbing experience, to understand the scale of the landslip and the tragedy it brought the sleeping inhabitants of the village and roadside settlement.
We present here some photographs of the site of the ‘mountain-slide’.
Turning the bend on the road and arriving at the disaster site.
A 360 degree view of the Sunkosi rapids, rock dam, landslide slope and surrounding hillsides.