PHIDIM: Rescue workers recovered three more bodies from landslide debris at Thinglabu VDC, Taplejung, today. With this, the death toll from Wednesday night’s landslides at different places of the district has reached 38.

Security forces on Thursday had recovered 21 bodies, and 14 more bodies were recovered yesterday. As many as 23 people buried under the mudslides are still missing, said District Police Office. According to police, three bodies were pulled out from the landslide debris at Khokling. Two persons are still missing there. Likewise, 17 persons were killed at Thinglabu and one is missing.

Twelve bodies were recovered from the mudslide debris at Libang while 15 persons are missing there. Twelve persons injured in the landslide of Libang were rescued. Lingtep saw the death of four persons while five are still missing there. Two bodies were recovered from under the landslide debris at Santhakra.

After the weather condition improved this morning, a Nepal Army helicopter distributed relief materials to all the residents from landslide-affected VDCs and places.

Taplejung Chief District Office Damaru Prasad Niraula said foodstuff and clothes were sent to the landslip-affected VDCs of Thinglabu, Lingtep, Santhakra, Likhim and Libang.

Likewise, the Nepal Army chopper airlifted eight sick persons from the landslip-affected areas to the district headquarters for treatment.

CDO Niraula informed more security personnel and six trucks of relief materials were sent via land route today to the disaster-hit areas.

DSP Shanti Raj Koirala said that around 500 people in various landslip-hit VDCs have been displaced. More than 250 locals, including 70 families from Dovan Bazaar, due to rain-fed Tamor River and nine families from landslip risk Ramduwali have already been displaced in the district.