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Kavre settlements at risk of rain-triggered landslips

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Houses standing at high risk after landslides caused by incessant rainfall occurred on Friday, at Ghimire village in Nala of Tukuchha, in Kavre, on Saturday. Photo:THT

Houses standing at high risk after landslides caused by incessant rainfall occurred on Friday, at Ghimire village in Nala of Tukuchha, in Kavre, on Saturday. Photo:THT

KAVRE, August 8

Landslides triggered by heavy rainfall at various places have put human settlements and roads at risk in Kavre.

Landslip stoked by rains on Saturday morning buried the rural road at Birtadeurali. SI Santosh Karki at Kattike Deurali Police Post said the landslip had buried around 200 metres of the road. He said that police personnel were clearing the blockage.

The road obstruction has stranded as many as two dozen vehicles en route to Ramechhap headquarters Manthali as well as other places. Kavre Police Office said the road would be cleared by on Saturday evening. Places rendered unstable by the April 25 earthquake are said to be affected by the landslips. Landslides that hit Ghimiregaun of Tukucha Nala VDC yesterday morning have put as many as 12 households at risk in the area.

Nala Police Post ASI Bhagya Narayn Sah said they had evacuated 12 families to Swetbarah temple between yesterday and on Saturday.

The displaced are sheltering in makeshift tents. Local Laxman Ghimire said he fled from his house due to fear of landslide sweeping away his shelter. “First I heard a bang and when I looked outside to see what had happened, I saw the landslide. So, me and my wife carried the children and fled the house,” he said.

The landslide has also brought transport services to a halt. Local Swet Barah Agriculture Higher Secondary School is also at risk of landslips. School management committee Chair Chet Prasad Ghimire said the school was looking for an alternative as its existing building was at risk of landslide.

Earlier, as many as 639 households facing the risk of landslide were evacuated to safer places in Kavre. DAO and District Disaster Rescue Committee have constructed temporary shelters for vulnerable families

A version of this article appears in print on August 09, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.

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