BIRATNAGAR: At least four people were killed and three went missing in landslides and floods triggered by heavy downpour in Sankhuwasabha since yesterday night. Dozens of houses have been swept away and several families were displaced.
According to Sankhuwasabha police, three people, including a pregnant woman and an 18-month-old baby, died after a landslide buried the house of Chakra Bahadur Rai in Dhupu of Jyamiretole in the district. Chakra Bahadur’s wife Dilmaya, 45, and a guest Krishna Ghimire, 40, have gone missing. His son Som Kumar, 23, and daughter Kamala, 18, who were injured in the incident, have been airlifted to the Dharan for treatment at the BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences. Chakra Bahadur works in India.
Inspector Amatlal Majhi said search for the missing is on. The local administration has provided Rs 45,000 to the victims’ family as immediate relief package.
“It was around 11:00pm. We were about to sleep when something powerful struck the house suddenly, and in no time we were swept away,” said injured Som Kumar.
In Barhabise of the district, Shyam Rai, 40, perished in the swollen Sabhakhola River while he was on his way home and Bishesh Subba, 16, of Sabha Pokhari, Nuklung has gone missing.
The river floods have also swept away two crusher machines, three trucks carrying soft drink, 350 rice bags and 60 cement sacks. Floods have also destroyed some huts built on the banks of the river.
With rain continuously battering the district, Sankhuwasabha’s commercial hub Barhabise and other human settlements are at risk with rivers like Langkhuwa, Sabhakhola and Bhotikhola swelling.
Flooded Bhotikhola River has swept away 21 houses in Sabhapokhari’s Wards No 2 and 4. According to police, locals, however, managed to run to safety. In Sabhapokhari, about 40 families have left their homes for the fear of landslides. Flood victims and the displaced are learnt to have taken refuge in the buildings of nearby Tribeni Higher Secondary School.