Sunday, 14 June 2015

3 more bodies found, death toll reaches 38

Rescuers on Saturday recovered three more bodies from landslides in Liwang VDC, taking the number of confirmed fatalities to 38 in the massive Taplejung landslides. Twenty-three people are still missing in the landslips triggered by downpour in the western part of the district on Wednesday night.

The security personnel from Nepal Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force pulled out the bodies of Arganath Giri, Naramaya Giri and Tikaram Giri from the landslide in Liwang-2.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Shantiraj Koirala said that 22 people from Liwang and one from Lingtep are still missing in the disaster. About 500 people from 36 households in the area have been displaced, he added. The displaced people, mostly from Liwang VDC, are taking shelter at a school building in Khokling VDC.

Chief District Officer (CDO) Damaru Prasad Niraula said that pregnant women and ill people were airlifted to district headquarters on Saturday.

The victims have been staying in pitiable condition as they are deprived of relief materials. The local administration supplied some readymade food items in the affected area only three days after the incident.

An army helicopter dropped relief materials like noodles, beaten rice, biscuits, salt, tarpaulins and blankets on Saturday.

CDO Niraula said the relief materials would be distributed to the victims from Handrung on Sunday. He said 150 sacks of rice, pulses, salt and edible oil had been sent to the area for the purpose.

Meanwhile, the incessant rain on Friday has triggered many fresh landslides in the eastern parts of the district, including Khewang, Surumkhim, Pedang, Yamphudin, Mamangkhe.

According to Bimal Baniya, a school teacher at Surumkhim, there are more than two dozen landslides in Surumkhim and Khewang alone. He said the landslides swept away a large swathe of cardamom field and damaged crops in the area. Former lawmaker Sanchpal Maden informed that a house had been swept away by landslip in Hangdewa VDC.

Locals in Yamphudin Bazaar, which lies on the way to Kanchanjungha Base Camp, have been displaced after the flooded Kabeli and Tumyakhola rivers started eroding embankment since Friday night.

Sunday 14 June 2015


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