PHIDIM: With the improvement of weather, Nepal Army choppers have been ferrying relief materials to landslide-hit villages in Taplejung district since this morning. DSP Shantiraj Koirala, Chief at the District Police Office, Taplejung informed that the choppers have already transported foodstuffs and clothes to the landslide-hit Thinglabu, Lingtep and Likhim VDCs of the district as of 10 am today. Similarly, 8 people have been rescued from the landslide debris and brought to the district headquarters for treatment.

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He further informed that preparations are underway to ferry relief materials to Khokling and Santhaka VDCs. It has been learnt that the District Natural Disaster Rescue Committee, Red Cross and Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) among other organisations are providing relief materials to the people. Of the total 57 people, who were missing in the landslips triggered by incessant rainfall at several VDCs in the district on Wednesday night, 35 bodies were recovered so far. As many as 70 households of Dobhan Bazaar in the district have been shifted to Dehulinge of Phungling Municipality-1 after the swollen Tamor River caused land erosion. Over 200 households are said to have been displaced due to the landslides in the villages, over 100 houses are at landslide risk. Earlier on Friday, search and rescue operations were hampered due to inclement weather.