My book, The Sacrament of the Goddess, takes place largely in the town of Beni, Nepal, on the banks of the KaliGandaki River. You can buy the book in Thamel. The final scene takes place on the riverbank.
In the news today, a massive landslide 8 km above Beni has blocked the KaliGandaki River, evidently creating a sort of earthen dam and temporary lake. Beni and other riverfront sites are apparently being evacuated. This is a breaking story.
A photo of the KaliGandaki riverbed below the blockage show that it is ominously low. Such a photo does not mean that the flow is gone; it means that it is accumulating. When the earthen dam releases, it will scour everything downstream with all of nature’s power. The height of the gush at release will be much greater than that caused by simple rain runoff. Much of Beni is on a spit of land – an alluvial flood plain.
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It should be noted that the Bagmati River that drains Kathmandu exits the Kathmandu Valley through a gorge at Chobar. When this thought came to me, I did not want to say it out loud, unleashing some kind of curse. Kathmandu is lucky that a landslide did not block the Bagmati at that location. Obviously, the likelihood of a landslide there is determined by the soil composition and height of cliffs above the Chobar Gorge; it is evidently composed of limestone, not soil. Unlikely to collapse suddenly. I am sure that the Nepal authorities must have evaluated this.
The legend of Nepal civilization is the Kathmandu Valley was once a huge lake, drained when Manjusri used his sword to create the Chobar Gorge. It that spot were to fill, Kathmandu would fill with water like a giant bathtub. Let’s pray that it doesn’t.
here is the link to the crisis in Beni: