Seven dead, four missing in flooding, landslides

- Post District Bureau, Kathmandu

Jul 3, 2017-

Monsoon rains continued to wreak havoc in various parts of the country on Sunday, with at least seven people losing their lives in separate incidents of landslide and flood in Parbat, Kaski, Pyuthan and Syangja districts in the past 24 hours. With this, the death toll from water-induced disasters has reached 14 this year. Monsoon this year arrived in Nepal on June 12. Four persons have gone missing. 

 In Parbat, three members of a family were buried to death when a landslide struck their house at Mahashila Rural Municipality-1 on Saturday night. According to police, Tirtha Malla Thakuri, 63, his octogenarian mother Bel Kumari and wife Yam Kumari, 55, were buried to death. The landslide caused by heavy rains destroyed Malla’s house and an animal shed of his neighbour Til Bahadur Malla. 

Security personnel deployed in the incident site plucked the bodies with the help of local on Sunday morning. Six families have been shifted to a safer location. 

Similarly in Kushma, the district headquarters of Parbat, Dil Bahadur Sunar was swept away by the rain-swollen Chinne stream on Saturday. 

In Kaski, two persons died and another went missing in separate incidents of landslide and flood. Tanka Chhetri, 14, died when a landslide buried a house at Prasyang in Pokhara on Saturday night. Chhetri, a permanent resident of Syangja, was visiting his aunt’s house. Other family members survived as they managed to flee on time. Likewise, Shobha Poudel, 33, died when a landslide swept her house at Pokhara-19. Likewise, Lila Lamichhane, 65, was swept away by the Phusre stream. 

In Pyuthan, a landslide killed Jaya Kala Gharti, 16, at Gaumukhi Rural Municipality-3 on Saturday night. In a similar incident at Naubahini-2, Gunja Man Gham, 17, and his brother Sunil, 10, went missing as the landslide swept away an animal shed the same night. 

In Syangja, an eight-year-old boy went missing in the Andheri stream in Waling-14 on Sunday. Police have identified the victim as Madan Bhurtel. 

(With inputs from our local correspondents) 

Published: 03-07-2017 07:36

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