• Rainfall triggers floods, landslides across the province • Scores marooned • Weather hits rescue


Three persons were killed and 23 went missing in landslides and floods triggered by incessant rainfall for the past three days in Sudurpaschim Province.

Of the deceased, two are from Doti and one is from Dadeldhura.

Bir Bahadur Kunjeda's two sons - Sagar, 14, and Aasish, 11 - were killed after their house caved in at Doti's Sayal Rural Municipality, according to police.

A youth was buried to death after his house caved in due to landslide in Dadeldhura. The deceased has been identified as Bishnu Awasthi, 32. Awasthi died after the mudslide triggered by incessant rainfall buried his house at Ganyapadhura Rural Municipality in Dadeldhura.

Twenty-three persons went missing in a landslide in Ward 4 of Thalara Rural Municipality in Bajhang. Of the missing, 18 are from Gagane Sarki's family and five are from Nare Sarki's family.

At Doghdina, seven houses were buried in a landslide, said Bajhang Deputy Superintendent of Police Rupak Khadka.

In Mahendranagar, people displaced from Tallo Dikhla and Mathillo Dikhla are taking shelter at Tribhuvan Secondary School in the district.

"More than 100 families displaced by the landslide are taking shelter at their relatives' houses and at Shanti Secondary School," said Madan Bahadur Saud, a teacher in a local school.

In Baitadi, 60 people in Sigash Rural Municipality are marooned as the Seti River has inundated Ward 5 of the municipality, said Ward Chair Ram Bahadur Dhami.

In Dadeldhura, two persons injured in a landslide in Amargadhi Municipality are being treated at Dadeldhura Hospital.

A chopper that came from Surkhet to rescue five people marooned in Bhimdatta Municipality of Kanchanpur due to the swollen Mahakali River landed in Dhangadi as it could not land in the flood-affected area due to bad weather. Incessant rainfall has obstructed Bhimdatta Highway in Kanchanpur.

Heavy rains have also obstructed electricity and communications services in Kanchanpur, Kailali, and Bajhang.

A helicopter is waiting for the weather to improve before flying to rescue two people stuck in Kailali's Mohanyal.

Flood in the Karnali River has, meanwhile, breached Kulariya canal and the floodwater has gushed into Tikapur.

Majority of human settlements in Kailali and Kanchanpur have been inundated.

A version of this article appears in the print on October 20, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.