Flooding has been reported in the Manaslu region of Nepal’s Chumanuwri Rural Municipality in Gorkha District after a Massive avalanche from Mount Manaslu into Birendra Taal, causing the lake to overflow.

According to Basudev Pathak, the Chief of Police in the district, a temporary bridge connecting Samdo and Sama Gaun was washed away due to the overflowing water. A police team was dispatched to the area after reports of a potential lake outburst, but they found that the lake itself hadn’t burst.

A temporary bridge has been washed away,” Pathak said. “According to our police team, there is no possibility of further damage caused by the flood.”

The Chief District Officer, Bhola Dahal, advised people in areas like Dharche and Arughat to remain alert as they await information on the extent of the water overflow and the damage caused.

The Ministry of Home Affairs reported a major flood in the Budhigandaki River following the overflow of Birendra Taal.

Lakshmi Gurung, Deputy Chairperson of the Chumanubri Rural Municipality, confirmed that a glacier melted in the lake, causing the overflow and subsequent flooding reports.

The lake hasn’t burst, but water overflowed due to the glacier melting, and there are reports of flooding,” Gurung said. “Currently, there is muddy water and flooding in the lower Budhigandaki. We are exploring other situations.”

Birendra Taal is located about 52 kilometers uphill from the district headquarters of Gorkha. The water from the lake flows into the Budhigandaki River.

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