Land ruptures leave Palpa folks at risk

- MADHAV ARYAL, Palpa

May 16, 2015-

Victims to the ‘Great Earthquake’, locals compelled to live under tarpaulins in Sukekot, Sahalkot-9 have yet again found themselves in a back-burner as the land surface measuring 500 metres in length has been ruptured following the second major quake on May 12. The already panic-stricken locals have been further traumatised by the phenomenon.

The tremblor had rendered 44 out of 55 households in the vicinity uninhabitable. “Apart from two round-shaped houses, all of the houses have collapsed,” said local Umesh Gaha. Gaha said that the settlement comprising of nine households further downhill had been destroyed and need relocation.

Stating that the land rupture had further terrified the locals just as life had started returning to normalcy, Gaha wondered about the phenomenon. Seventy eight-year-old Khopilal Rana said they are living in the fields. Rana said that she had been further petrified. However, she said that a police team had reached the area to conduct a field survey. A team of police under Police Inspector Shiva Acharya had headed to the site after being informed by the locals on Friday to conduct a field survey. Chief District Officer Suman Kumar Timilsina said that he could comment over the situation only after receiving the survey report, adding that it may take a while to assess the damage since the settlement was in a remote area.

Another local, Iman Singh Rana said that it was essential for them to relocate as the whole settlement that had been damaged had been further worsened by the land ruptures.

 

Published: 17-05-2015 08:19

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