Landslides kill six persons in eastern Nepal

PHIDIM/BHOJPUR: At least six people -- four in Taplejung and two in Bhojpur districts -- were killed in landslides triggered by torrential rain in eastern Nepal on Friday night.

A landslide hit a house in Fungling, the district headquarters of Taplejung, burying three members of a family to death. The victims are identified as Bimala Magar (40) and her two sons Manoj (9) and Lalit (7).

Another woman, identified as Dil Kumari Palungwa, was hit by the landslide debris while she was running to cover after seeing the mass of land falling upon her house in Fungling-8. Her sister was found injured and was taken to the District Hospital for treatment, according to police.

A couple were found dead in Kulung-9 of Bhojpur district after a landslide buried a house last night. The victims are identified as Bharat Rai (58) and his wife Rammani Rai (54).

A team of security personnel recovered their bodies from the site on Saturday.

The couple originally hailed form Jimigaun of Kulung-6 and were residing in Kulung-9 where they worked in the fields of one Jagatdhan Rai. Cattle and sheep were also found killed at the site, according to police.

According to authorities, as many as 12 houses were swept away by landslides in Fungling while 68 others were partially damaged.

Many of the people displaced by the landslides have taken resort at local schools, while some have stayed at their relatives' place also.

On June 10 last year, 69 people after landslides struck Liwang, Lingthep, Thinglabu and Santhakra VDC of Taplejung.