Landslides put five VDCs in grave peril

SANKHUWASABHA: Nearly after a week of a disastrous landslide that claimed over a dozen local residents in Sikdim VDC, a study has revealed that hundreds of households of five VDCs in the adjoining areas in the district are in danger of landslides.

CDO Tulasi Prasad Gautam said that those VDCs — Tamku, Bala, Sisuwa, Yafu and Maangtewa — are in peril of landslide due to incessant rain followed by a long dry spell. He also said that, after the study report, villagers of the areas have urged the local administration, governmental and non governmental organisations for their safety.

Following the locals’ plea, local administration has started searching alternative places to resettle the denizens of the VDCs.

A Landslide Monitoring Committee, which was formed after the fatal landslide on last Monday, recently publicised its report saying that not only the houses, many infrastructure like roads, drinking water pipes, schools buildings, health facilities and office buildings of different other organisations are in danger.

Netra Bahadur Shrestha, a local, said that landslide might occur in Ward 8 and 9 of Tamku and Bala VDCs, all the wards of Sisuwa, Mangtewa and Yafu VDCs at anytime. According to him, 18 households of Tamku, 564 of Bala and 115 families of Sisuwa are in danger of landslide. Similarly, about 100 families of Nundhaki and Sava Pokhari are also living amid impending danger of landslide.

Various organisation working in assisting the landslide victim locals expressed serious concern fearing that the landslides could cause havoc if the necessary measures were not opted on time.

The committee coordinated by Kawansen Rai has also suggested resettling the landslide hit families to minimise the loss.

Meanwhile, CA member of constituency-1 Purna Prasad Rai also urged authorities to expedite relocating the victims. Officer at DAO Mohan Ghimire informed that they had started to search effective measures to minimise the destruction of landslide in future. Bodies of four people were recovered while nine others are still missing in the landslide at Tamku VDC of the district a week ago. In the wake of the disaster, 39 households of the area have been displaced.