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

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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.