Thirty-four houses at Keurani, Ward 8 of Melamchi Municipality, are at risk of landslide due to incessant rainfall.

It is said 27 houses at Khaire and seven houses at Chhayali are in peril due to this. The settlements in Khaire have been endangered with landslide recurring in areas they had taken place last year, said Kanchhaman Dong, a local.

He added that the locals were in constant fear due to landslide. He complained that the local ward engineers did not pay attention although they were informed of this risk again and again.

Ward 8 Chairperson Thakraj Giri called for arrangement of temporary shelters for locals whose houses were at risk. He said the District Disaster management Committee as well as experts had been informed of this risk and urged to assess it, but added that the committee had not done so yet.

He called on the District Disaster Management Committee to invite a team of geologists to carry out an assessment of the settlement.

Relief goods have been distributed to 17 flood-affected families at Nepane Bagartol of Melamchi-6. Monetary assistance of Rs 100,000 was provided to these families. The assistance was provided by Rabindra Aryal, manager of Voyage Travel and a resident of Melamchi. Mayor Dambar Aryal handed the assistance to the affected families.

A version of this article appears in the print on August 23 2021, of The Himalayan Times.