Saturday, 21 June 2014

14 killed in flash floods, landslips

At least 14 people have been killed in two separate incidents of landslide in Gulmi and Pyuthan districts.

Nine members of a family including five children died after their house was swept away by landslides triggered by prolonged rainfall at Anglung-8, Gulmi, on Thursday night.

Police identified the dead as Bhavilal Kunwar, his wife Cheti Kunwar, daughter Juthi Bista, daughter-in-law Sita Kunwar, grandson Chetman and granddaughters Bipana, Bindu, Harikala and Hima. They were buried under the debris of mud and boulders. Police Inspector Rajendra Prasad Shrestha said further details of the incident are awaited.

The disaster site is 54 kilometres from district headquarters Tamghas. The District Administration Office provided Rs 20,000 to the family of each deceased while the District Development Committee gave Rs 10,000.

In Pyuthan, four people, including two minors, died and one went missing on Thursday night when three houses and huts were swept by landslides at Khung VDC Wards No 7 and 8.

Floods swept away three houses and seven cowsheds belonging to Prem Bahadur Giri, Deva Bhandari, Dom Bahadur Giri in the remote VDC. Deva and Dom Bahadur died in the incident. Prem Bahadur’s son Ayush, 2, and 10-month-old daughter Ayusha were also killed. Mana, Prem’s 21-year-old wife was seriously injured. Another person identified as Raju Kunwar, 26, of Khung-7 is missing.

Chief District Officer Ram Bahadur Kurumbang said the rescue team is effortful to recover the bodies. The fatalities are believed to be high as the disaster struck at night.

Saturday 21 June 2014


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