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Landslide claims four of a family in Sindhuli

- Post Report, SINDHULI

Aug 13, 2017-Four members of a family were buried when a landslide struck a temporary hut they were residing at the district headquarters Sindhulimadi on Sunday.

Thirty-two-year-old Durga Kumar Khadka, her daughter Shova Khadka, 15, sons Anish Khadka, 10, and Manish Khakda, 7, died after the landslide hit their shelter at around 2 am today, Police said. They were living in a temporary shelter erected at the common land of Janasewa Library and Federation of Nepali Journalists in Kamalamai Municipality-6.

However, Durga’s husband Udaya Bahadur Khada managed to run to save his life. They were living in a temporary hut made of corrugated zinc sheets after their house collapsed in the devastating earthquake of 2015.

“I came out from the hut in sleep as I felt something cold after being pushed by zinc-sheet, and called out everyone to come out,” said Udaya, who lost wife and three children in the disaster. “I couldn’t pull the zinc-sheet as the landslide pushed me down. But it was too late by the time I called out everyone.”

Neighbour Manita Basnet said, “When we heard the cry, we initially assumed that they could have been fighting as they were used to, but as we woke up to see what happened the entire hut had been buried by the landslide.”

Security personnel arrived in the morning and retrieved the bodies.

Chief District Officer of Sindhuli, Tara Bahadur Karki, expressed sadness over the incident and announced to provide Rs 100,000 for last rites of the deceased.

A pile of soil accumulated during the construction of a new building for District Police Office resulted in the landslide following incessant rainfall. 

Published: 13-08-2017 11:03

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