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Nepal sends geologists to quake-damaged villages to assess landslide risk before monsoon rains

  • FILE – In this Wednesday, April 29, 2015 file photo, houses in the higher reaches of mountains destroyed in the April 25 earthquake are seen from a helicopter near Dhadingbesti, in Nepal. Geologists were sent to earthquake-damaged mountain villages in Nepal this week to assess landslide risks before the rainy season begins next month, an official said Friday, May 22. They are scheduled to report their findings in Kathmandu next week, and the government would then decide which villages are in danger of landslides and need to be relocated. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)

    FILE – In this Wednesday, April 29, 2015 file photo, houses in the higher reaches of mountains destroyed in the April 25 earthquake are seen from a helicopter near Dhadingbesti, in Nepal. Geologists were sent to earthquake-damaged mountain villages in Nepal this week to assess landslide risks before the rainy season begins next month, an official said Friday, May 22. They are scheduled to report their findings in Kathmandu next week, and the government would then decide which villages are in danger of landslides and need to be relocated. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE – In this Saturday, May 2, 2015 file photo, a Nepalese boy runs past houses destroyed in the April 25 earthquake in Pauwathok village, Sindhupalchok district, Nepal. Geologists were sent to earthquake-damaged mountain villages in Nepal this week to assess landslide risks before the rainy season begins next month, an official said Friday, May 22. They are scheduled to report their findings in Kathmandu next week, and the government would then decide which villages are in danger of landslides and need to be relocated. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)

    FILE – In this Saturday, May 2, 2015 file photo, a Nepalese boy runs past houses destroyed in the April 25 earthquake in Pauwathok village, Sindhupalchok district, Nepal. Geologists were sent to earthquake-damaged mountain villages in Nepal this week to assess landslide risks before the rainy season begins next month, an official said Friday, May 22. They are scheduled to report their findings in Kathmandu next week, and the government would then decide which villages are in danger of landslides and need to be relocated. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Saturday, May 2, 2015 file photo, a Nepalese boy stands outside his village with a signboard asking for help in Pauwathok village, Sindhupalchok district, Nepal. Geologists were sent to earthquake-damaged mountain villages in Nepal this week to assess landslide risks before the rainy season begins next month, an official said Friday, May 22. They are scheduled to report their findings in Kathmandu next week, and the government would then decide which villages are in danger of landslides and need to be relocated. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)

    In this Saturday, May 2, 2015 file photo, a Nepalese boy stands outside his village with a signboard asking for help in Pauwathok village, Sindhupalchok district, Nepal. Geologists were sent to earthquake-damaged mountain villages in Nepal this week to assess landslide risks before the rainy season begins next month, an official said Friday, May 22. They are scheduled to report their findings in Kathmandu next week, and the government would then decide which villages are in danger of landslides and need to be relocated. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)  (The Associated Press)

Nepal's government has sent geologists to earthquake-damaged mountain villages to assess landslide risks before the rainy season begins next month.

Home Ministry official Laxmi Prasad Dhakal said Friday the geologists went this week to villages in the districts that were the most affected by the earthquakes.

Dhakal said the geologists would check the soil and the government would then decide which villages are in danger of landslides and need to be relocated.

Heavy rainfall during the monsoon season has triggered landslides in the past in mountainous Nepal, and the risks are higher because of the earthquakes.

The April 26 and May 12 earthquakes have killed 8,635 people in Nepal and left hundreds of thousands of people homeless.