Pyuthan, July 27
Death toll from landslides triggered by incessant rainfall in Pyuthan in the past two days has reached 35, while six people are still missing.
Pyuthan District Police Office said 24 bodies were recovered from the rubble in Fopli VDC,with two people still missing from there. Police have identified three persons swept away by the swollen Jhimruk Khola in Fopli.
Seven persons, including CPN-Maoist Centre central member Hari Bahadur KC, 65, were killed after a landslide swept away four houses in Makre of Fopli VDC this morning. Other deceased are Drona Bahadur KC, 70, Pabitra KC, 70, Narayan KC, 70, Jageswor Budhathoki, 62, Pima Budhathoki, 56, and Bindu Budhathoki, 55.
According to police, bodies of Maniram Pun, Teje Pun, Khopli Pun, Nepuli Pun, Setu Pun, Sere Pun and Domanta Pun were recovered from Fopli VDC yesterday. Bodies of Shiv Kumar Sunar of Lung, Dabile Sunar of Khabang, Kutari Sunar, Dipe Sunar of Khabang, Supari Malla and Mukesh Malla of Puja, Dev Bahadur Budha, Himal Budha and Jamuna Budha of Arkha were recovered from landslides yesterday.
Dhaneswor Bhandari, district treasurer of Fopli VDC, said bodies of Kumari Pun, Chetima Pun, Nandi Pun, Mane Pun, Prakriti Pun, Sagar Pun, Semali Pun, Bhupe Pun, Lila Pun and Dhane Pun of Fopli were recovered from landslides. He said Chhami and Nokhi Baijali were missing.
Shova Rijal of Bahane in Lung VDC went missing after she was buried in landslide. Kali Pariyar and Kiran Thapa were buried after Dhoj Bahadur Pun’s house collapsed at Simalbuta in Bahane.
According to Pyuthan DAO, 50 houses were completely destroyed in the landslide, while more than 200 houses have suffered damage. Displaced families from Khabang, Fopli, Ligha, Damari and Syaulibang VDCs are taking shelter in local schools following the landslide after being rescued by Nepali Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force personnel rescued them.
CDO Janakraj Pant said details of the damage from far flung areas of the district were yet to be received.
Meanwhile, a meeting of district disaster rescue committee held this morning decided to provide the families whose houses were completely damaged with relief in the first phase.
Landslides also obstructed rural roads at many places in Pyuthan.
Meanwhile, death toll from landslides reached six in Baglung on Tuesday when they were buried alive after the landslides buried their houses.
The deceased have been identified as Devi Budhamagar,41, her daughter Yamuna,18, and son Sandip, 9, of Darling VDC, Duji Tamang, 8, Diki Tamang, 22, of Rajkut VDC-7 and Dek Bahadur Punmagar, 78, of Darling VDC. Police said bodies of Sandip and Devi were recovered today while bodies of others were recovered yesterday.
Baglung CDO Bhagirath Pandey said critically injured Suhsila, who is pregnant, was airlifted to TU Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, for treatment today. Ankita Tamang,12, was killed after the landslide buried Cotton Industry at Mallaj VDC in Parbat on Tuesday night.
According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, 54 people were killed and more than 20 were still missing in floods and landslides across the country in the last two days.
A version of this article appears in print on July 28, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.