4 killed, 5 hurt as house caves in

- Manish Gautam, Kathmandu
4 killed, 5 hurt as house caves in

Jun 28, 2014-

Four people were killed and five injured after a dilapidated house being torn down for reconstruction collapsed in Brahma Tole, Kathmandu-12 on Saturday. The old four-storey building belonging to Sunishtha Shrestha was given to a contractor last week for demolition.

Police identified the deceased as Pot Bahadur Pandey, 45, who is the contractor, and Ganesh BK, 40, of Nuwakot, Bhupal Magar, 27, of Khotang and Bishnu Bhandari, 35, of Dhading. Three of them were declared dead at Bir Hospital while Magar’s death was confirmed at Bayodha Hospital, Balkhu.

The injured are Jiwan Magar, 18, of Khotang, Man Bahadur Tamang, 47, and Masina BK, 32, of Nuwakot, Mangal Bhujel, 50, of Morang and Rajan Tamang, 32, of Dhading.

Dr Nuchhe Man Dangol, chief of Bir Hospital Emergency, said Masina, who is the wife of Ganesh who died in the incident, has injuries in her head while the others are out of danger.

Masina was trapped in the debris for at least two and a half hours, said Deputy Superintendent of Police Yagya Binod Pokhrel. “We found her buried under a pile of mud, bricks and wood. Luckily, she was breathing while the other two found after her had already died,” said the chief of the Kalimati Police Circle.

According to survivors, they had huddled together for lunch prepared in the collapsed house.

“I heard a big noise and in seconds we were covered by the debris,” said Jiwan, the helper of the vehicle that had been transporting the materials taken out of the building. He came to Kathmandu last week.

The driver of the vehicle, Rajan said he was able to find his way out despite being caught under wood and mud. A team of Nepal Police, Nepal Army, Armed Police Force and locals took at least three hours to rescue those trapped inside the house. A relative of BK said both husband and wife had come to Kathmandu two months ago to support their five children who are studying in Nuwakot.

Bhupal had married Alisha Rai seven months ago. She is four months pregnant.

Relatives of Rai are yet to inform her about her husband’s death fearing that the shock may be too harsh on her and her unborn baby.

Published: 29-06-2014 08:19

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