Scores yet to be pulled out of Rasuwa landslips

- KRISHNA THAPA, Rasuwa
Scores yet to be pulled out of Rasuwa landslips

May 10, 2015-

Scores might be missing in landslides triggered by the devastating earthquake on April 25 at Mailung, which lies between Dandagaun and Haku VDCs in Rasuwa district. Rescuers have fished out 12 bodies from the debris as of Sunday.

The Mailung settlement has been buried by landslides. Locals said around 250 workers at the 60 megawatt Upper Trishuli III A hydroelectricity project, access road of Upper Trishuli I and locals have been buried in landslides.

Khopendra Gyawali of Sihasniya in Dang said the situation of his brother remains unknown. “My brother Keshav was a sub-engineer for the Shree Jayanti Construction,” said Gyawali, adding that contractor Khagendra Budhamagar has switched off his mobile phone.

However, the construction company has the record of 32 workers missing. Sixteen workers are from Rolpa, two each from Dang and Bardiya. The address of 12 others is yet to be verified.

Two bodies of workers engaged in constructing the Upper Trishuli I road track, have been found. Project chief Uttam Amatya said they had recovered the body of one Chinese and another Nepali whereas eight others are still unaccounted for.

The District Administration Office said one each from Nepal Army and Nepal Police were also killed in landslides. Police found six bodies of people who had reached Mailung for a picnic. Eight other picnickers are missing.

“Police couldn’t bring the bodies to Dhunchhe due to adverse weather,” said CDO Gautam Rimal.

Meanwhile, search and rescue has been halted in Langtang due to an avalanche. Ninety bodies of locals and tourists were recovered by Saturday. Two of the retrieved bodies were swept by a fresh avalanche.

Published: 11-05-2015 07:53

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