Rescuers work at the Nepalese section of China-Nepal Highway where the landslide happened, Aug. 5, 2015. An emergency squad of 100 Chinese armed police officers were sent to Nepal on Saturday to repair a highway blocked by landslide. Rescuers have completed the repairs of 30 km as of 10 a.m. on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Wang Wei)
LHASA, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Chinese armed police officers sent to Nepal on Saturday have cleared more than 30 km of a 37-km stretch of the China-Nepal Highway blocked by a rain-triggered landslide.
The Nepalese part of the highway is 114 km long and was ravaged by days of heavy rain. The Nepalese Army said on Saturday that a joint team from the two countries would clear the blocked Tatopani-Khadichaur stretch of the highway within 20 days.
Upon receiving an emergency aid request from the Nepalese government, China's State Council and Central Military Commission decided to dispatch 100 armed police officers.
The 943-km China-Nepal Highway connects Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region in southwest China, with the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu. It was put into use in July 1965.
Chinese armed police also took part in the relief operation after the massive earthquake hit Nepal in April.