Nepal | July 02, 2020

Khotang prison, inmates at high risk of landslip

Himalayan News Service
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Khotang, August 1

A landslide has put buildings of Khotang District Prison at high risk.

An almost 50-metre long landslide triggered by incessant rainfall struck the area yesterday. The landslide has put a major building of the jail, a two-roomed building accommodating security personnel and the prison kitchen in danger, according to Jailer Chitrakhar Acharya.

The landslide, that swept way the prison compound, has unleashed terror among inmates.

Jailer Acharya said that the landslide had put female inmates of the prison in jeopardy. The disaster also burst the prison sceptic tank, after which a strong stench has permeated throughout the prison premises. “We need to shift the inmates to a different building if the rain does not cease,” said Acharya.

Acharya said that the prison administration has been informed about the landslide.

The prison is home to 94 male prisoners, 14 female prisoners, and five dependent children at present.

A government team led by CDO Chandra Bahadur Karki inspected the prison today.

Acharya said that efforts were under way to control the landslide, and ten sets of tents have been brought from the Red Cross Society.

Similarly, a letter was sent to the District Soil Conservation Office to control the landslide.

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