Incessant rain mars rescue efforts

Sankhuwasabha: Relentless landslides caused by incessant rainfall has added to the plight of 62-year-old Katuser Rai, a resident of Sikting in Sankhuwasabha’s Tamku VDC.

Rai, whose eyesight is failing, suffers a trauma since six members of his family — his son, daughter-in-law and four grandchildren — have gone missing after the Monday’s landslide.

“This is the most tragic incident in my life,” Rai laments. His relatives, neighbours and security personnel are on search operation for the lost members, but to no avail. Continuous rainfall has adversely affected the rescue mission.

“Now, I’ve given up the hope of getting them alive,” chocked Rai. The body of Laxmi Prasad Rai was found by the rescue team while the whereabouts of his four children still remains unknown.

The misfortune has grieved the whole village. Worse, about 100 houses in the area face the risk of collapse as the ground has sustained cracks. The obvious danger has not shooed the villagers away — they do not want to abandon their property.

A joint team of Nepali Army and police has been conducting a rescue operation in the affected areas. Four persons were killed while nine others have gone missing in the area.