Landslide damages project, Dhading VDC faces water crisis

Dhading, July 22:

More than 200 households in Katunje village development committee have been facing shortage of drinking water after a landslide destroyed the drinking water project in the village.

The landslide triggered by incessant downpour damaged the drinking water project a few days ago, resulting in water shortage in Bhogateni, Guthi bazaar, Chhedgaun and Ghormu villages of the VDC.

The drinking water project was constructed on the initiation of retired Indian army personnel.

The landslide swept away the water source of the project and the reserve tank, villagers said.

“Now the villagers are forced to drink unhygienic water,” Bheshraj Nepal, headmaster of the Kundaladevi Secondary School, said.

He warned against the outbreak of waterborne communicable diseases in the VDC.

Meanwhile, locals said a landslide killed six persons in Tamaichhap of the VDC and displaced 13 households on Friday.

The district natural disaster rescue committee said efforts to resettle the displaced families in Pandrakosh of Katunje-2 were underway following an all-party meeting decision to this effect.

It is learnt that the United Mission to Nepal will provide assistance to construct huts for the displaced families.

According to Dhading chief district officer Drona Pokhrel, the meeting decided to provide Rs 25,000 to each person killed in the landslide and Rs 5,000 to each injured.