JAJARKOT, UDAYAPUR, SINDHULI: As many as eight persons, including six minors, were killed due to landslides triggered by incessant downpour across the country on Thursday.
Four persons, including three children, were killed when a house was buried in a landslide in Jajarkot, while three persons were swept away in Udayapur, Sindhuli and Morang districts. Another landslide claimed the life of a minor in Rukum. Four persons have been missing and are feared to have drowned in swollen rivers.
Nabaratni Bohara, 34, and her seven-year-old son from Sakla, Jajarkot, were buried alive when a landslide struck their house at around 3:00am, said DSP Chakra Bahadur Singh of District Police Office. Nabaratni’s husband Jayalal Bohora and their daughters, nine-year-old Kamala and 12-year-old Arati, have sustained serious injuries in the landslide.
Two minor sons of Dhansure Nepali of Ramidanda, Dhaukot, were killed when their house was buried in a mudslide on Wednesday evening, said Nandalal Joshi, a teacher at a local school. More than two dozen houses in Ramidanda, Rokayagaun, Nayakwada and Sakla VDCs of the district have been buried in the landslides, said the police.
Bhanubhakta Rai, 43, of Siddhipur, was swept away by the Dwarkhola River while crossing it in Udayapur; Bhakta Bahadur Shrestha, 62, was swept away by the Kamala River at Hatpate, Sindhuli; Karna Bahadur Magar, 36, of Letang, Morang, was swept away by the Turke River.
Ten musahar households have been submerged at Sirthauli VDC.
Khadga Bahadur Limbu, 46, of Barangi, 22-year-old Mohan Rai of Bishnupurkatti, Siraha, and 48-year-old Bhikhari Mahara of Bhokraha have gone missing after being swept away while crossing rivers.
Nandaram’s son Bijay Gharti, 7, died on the spot while his daughter Bijaya (10) has gone missing when a landslide buried their house at Simachaur of Chunwang, Rukum.
At least eight members, of Mahendra Mahato of Bathnaha, sustained serious injuries when their house collapsed in a landslide following incessant rainfall in Mahottari.
Saptakoshi at record level
DHANKUTA: Water flow in the Saptakoshi River has increased due to incessant rainfall in the eastern hill and Tarai districts. It has risen to a record level, with the water in the river flowing at 3,03,925 cusec (cubic feet per second), said Chief of Koshi Barrage Control Room, Shukanandan Singh. Of the 56 sluice gates of the barrage, 33 have been kept open to release the water.
Massive damage across country
• Human settlements in Chikana, Bhokraha, Bishnupura and Saraswor VDCs were submerged after eastern embankment of the Kamala River collapsed along Siraha and Dhanusha border; more than 500 families have been displaced
• Transportation services on the East-West Highway were obstructed after a bridge that linked Lalgadh Dhalkebar collapsed on Wednesday night along Mahottari and Dhanusha border
• Transportation on the Koshi Highway has been halted following landslides at many places
• Koshi hilly districts have been cut off, as Dhankuta’s Leuti River swept away temporary diversions
• Part of Koshi Highway was buried in Mahabharat VDC; a pick up van ferrying vegetables was also buried
• Hundreds of passengers on way to Dhankuta, Sankhuwasabha, Bhojpur and Terhathum have been stranded due to road blockage
• Several places in Nepalgunj and Janakpur have also been submerged due to continued downpour
• Vehicular movement has been disrupted on Bardiya road section along the East-west Highway due to road damage at Bhasikuwa, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded
• Landslides have struck at several places along Kohalpur-Surkhet-Deuralidanda
• Transport services on Hetauda-Sisneri-Kathmandu route have been disrupted due to landslide at Sisneri in Makawanpur.
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