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Arun River blocked forming a 3-kilometre dam



SANKHUWASABHA — Debris from Barun River blocked the Arun River forming a 3-kilometre dam at Syaksila Gola in Hatiya, Sankhuwasabha district. The dammed river has posed a risk to around 80 families living in the area.

The river was blocked by overwhelming flood debris from Barun River,according to DSP at Sankhuwasabha District Police Office, Gautam Kumar KC.

The incident site is 2-day walk from the district headquarters Khandbari.

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Chief District Officer Shivaraj Joshi  informed that around 22 security personnel under Hedamna Sub-Inspector and 13 police personnel from Hatiyagola have reached the incident site for rescue operation.

Meanwhuile, a meeting of the Natural Disaster Rescue Committee is under way.

Joshi informed that a team of Nepal Army has been deployed in the area. The army will inspect the dam site by helicopter and bring in additional personnel to conduct the operation.

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Putin orders withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria



MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria on Monday morning, saying that after a two year military campaign, Moscow and Damascus had achieved their mission of destroying Islamic State.

Putin made the announcement during a surprise visit to Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Syria’s Latakia Province where he held talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and addressed Russian military servicemen.

“I order the defense minister and chief of the general staff to start the withdrawal of Russian troops to the site of their permanent deployment,” Putin stated, speaking in front of Russian military personnel at Khmeimim.

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Mr Putin said that in the space of two years the Russian and Syrian militaries have “defeated the most battle-hardened grouping of international terrorists,” adding that he had made the decision that a significant number of the Russian military contingent in Syria should return to Russia.

Russia first launched air strikes in Syria in September 2015 in its biggest Middle East intervention in decades, turning the tide of the conflict in Assad’s favor while dramatically increasing Moscow’s own influence in the Middle East.

After a short visit to Syria, the Russian president headed for Cairo, where he is scheduled to hold talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.


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