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Monsoon havoc affects life in different parts of country; 9 persons killed in three districts


RAMECHAP: At least seven persons were killed and a young boy went missing in flash flood s and landslides that struck Khimti VDC in Ramechhap district. Six houses have been swept away in the incident.

Chief District Officer (CDO) Gopal Prasad Adhikari informed that the flood s and landslides triggered by heavy rainfall caused extensive damage to life and property in Khimti (2), (3) and (4), killing seven people and injuring at least seven.

According to police, Bhim Bahadur Tamang, 55, of Rasnalu, his 45-year-old wife Batuli and his septuagenarian mother Buddhamaya died after rain-swollen Khaharekhola swept away the house of Ram Bahadur Budhathoki in Khimti Ward No 2, Khimti Bazaar. Bhim Bahadur, a daily wage earner, and his family had rented Ram Bahadur’s house. Bhim Bahadur’s 12-year-old son Dhalke has gone missing. Police said they were searching for him. Bhim Bahadur’s three daughters — Maimaya, Aimala and Hima — have been injured and are undergoing treatment at a health post in Kirme, Dolakha, police said.

Similarly, three persons were killed when a landslide buried Sher Bahadur Thapa’s house in Khimti Ward No 4, Katunje, yesterday night. Sher Bahadur’s 55-year-old wife Mithu, 23-year-old daughter Swasthani and 13-year-old son Kedar Thapa were killed in the incident, police said. In another incident, 11-year-old Sita Sunuwar of Khimti Ward No 3, Nagthali, died after a landslide swept her house away.

Security personnel reached the affected areas on Tuesday morning. Deputy Superintendent of Police Bimalraj Kandel said the dead bodies have been sent for post mortem. The local administration has yet to assess the extent of the damage in Khimti VDC.

A meeting of the District Disaster and Relief Committee decided to provide Rs 40,000 each to the families of those killed in the disaster. The committee also vowed to offer Rs 20,000 each to the displaced families and Rs 10,000 each to families whose houses were damaged.

At least 10 families have been displaced after six houses in Khimti Bazaar were swept away by flooded Khaharekhola. Floods have also washed away a concrete bridge built over the river, disrupting vehicular movement along the Kathmandu-Ramechhap road section.

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday said the local administration was carrying out search and rescue operation in the landslide-hit area of Khimti, Ramechhap. Joint-Secretary Shankar Prasad Koirala informed that the local administration had been directed to make immediate arrangement for treatment of the injured, provide relief, and carry out search/ rescue operation in an effective manner.

In another incident, two persons were buried in landslides in Jajarkot and Darchula in the past two days. Bhadra Bahadur Bar of Jhapra VDC-4 in Jajarkot, who was seriously wounded after being hit by a falling boulder during a landslide, died as he was being taken to Nepalgunj for treatment on Tuesday. Similarly, 65-year-old Kaila Bhul of Hikila VDC-3 in Darchula was killed when a landslide buried the shed he was sleeping in on Monday night. The Darchula district headquarters is still recovering from the flood s caused by the Mahakali river two months ago, different parts of the district were hit by torrents and flood s on Monday night.

In Rukum, a landslide at Bairagithati Bazar displaced 32 families. Police said the district headquarters, Khalanga, and Bhalakchha VDC are highly vulnerable to landslides. The local administration started evacuating people on Tuesday.

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