Landslides cut off 15 Gorkha VDCs

- SUDIP KAINI, GORKHA
Landslides cut off 15 Gorkha VDCs

May 9, 2015-

Landslides triggered by the April 25 earthquake along the  Aarughat-Sirdiwas section of Manaslu foot trail have affected 15 VDCs in northern Gorkha. Police said landslides have obstructed the trail in various sections, causing further hardship for the villagers already hit by the earthquake.

“Landslides are still taking place and it is dangerous to travel along the trail,” said Suka Bahadur Gurung, former chairman of Kerauja VDC. Hulchok and Yarubagar. “We have to travel for three days to reach our destination.” 

The shortest route to reach Arkhet, Lapubesi, Khanibesi, Machikhola and Jagat villages have been obstructed. As a result, locals are compelled to take long route from Dhunchet, Yarsha, Runchet, 

Likewise, the trail that connects Oohiya, Manbu, Kashigaun, Kerauja, Sirdibash, Chumchet, Chhekampar, Wihi, Prok, Loho and Samgaun villages have also been obstructed. Police Inspector Rabindra Khanal said the trial has been rendered impassable by landslides. “We had to take a detour to reach these villages for rescue operation,” he said.

Similarly, rescue and relief workers have been unable to reach Kerauja and its nearby villages due to landslides. Even mules cannot get across, said Dhana Prasad Gurung , a local. He added that the relief materials ferried by helicopters are not enough for the quake victims.

Published: 10-05-2015 08:53

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