PARBAT:- Nine people of two families have died after being buried in a landslide at Durlung of Kushma Municipality-3 in Parbat district on Saturday night.
The deceased have been identified as Tul Bahadur Thapa, 53, his wife Min Kumari, 52, eight-year-old granddaughter Bibisa, 14-year-old grandson Samrat, Dipa Thapa, married daughter of Tul Bahadur Thapa, Dipa’s 17-year-old son Bibek, Kamala BK, 32, wife of Bikas BK and her eight-year-old Pramisha and 13-year-old Jenis.
Body of Jenish is yet to be found until the report is prepared. Rescue operation is on, said the police. However, two persons–Ambar Thapa, son of Tul Bahadur, and daughter-in-law Rimaya–remained safe as they were at a shop, around 500 meters away when the disaster occurred, said local resident, Rishiram Poudel.
Separate teams of the police, Nepalese Army, Armed Police Force, Nepal, reached the incident site shortly and they with the help of local people retrieved bodies of the deceased four hours later. A search has been launched for missing Jenish, said Bishworaj Adhikari, Chief of the Parbat Police. Bodies of the deceased have been brought at the district hospital for a post-mortem, he said.
Last rites of the deceased would be performed en-masse on Monday, said local Prabhu Gurung. Approximately, half a dozen houses around the incident site have been at risk of a landslide.
Meanwhile, Chairperson of the National Assembly Ganesh Timilsina, lawmaker of the House of Representatives Padam Giri, Minister for Internal Affairs of Gandaki State Hari Bahadur Chuman, Minister for Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment Bikash Lamsal and Nepali Congress central leader Arjun Prasad Joshi among others reached the incident site and offered their condolence to the deceased and the bereaved families.
The Gandaki state government has provided Rs 50,000 each member of the bereaved family in relief and the district disaster rescue committee Rs 100,000 each bereaved family.
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