Two swept away

RUKUM: Two persons died after they were swept away by flooded Pitiwang River in southern part of Rukum district on Saturday night. Pratap BK (51) and another person, whose identity could not be ascertained, were those swept away while they were attempting to cross the swollen river for their homes. Their bodies were recovered in Bairagithati on Sunday. Meanwhile, a house collapsed due to landslide at Solawang of Khalanga-2 in the district on Saturday night. However, there were no human casualties in the incident, Rukum District Police Office said. — HNS

One dies in mishap

TANAHUN: Anjan Shrestha (22), a resident of Dulegauda-7, was killed when a passenger bus rammed into his motorbike at Dulegauda-2 in the district on Sunday. Shrestha died on the spot in the accident. District Police Office said that the bus driver had been taken into custody and necessary investigation into the incident was already underway. — HNS

Snakebite deaths

BIRGUNJ: Locals of Bhediyahi in Birgunj have been terrified after a number of snakes started slithering in and around their houses due to the scorching heat. Their fear is compounded as two villagers, out of three bitten by snakes, already lost their lives. Manju Kumari (16) died on Thursday morning while being taken to Birgunj for treatment while Radhikadevi Paswan (50) had succumbed to the snakebite ten days ago. “Around five snake-bitten patients are coming to hospital for treatment everyday,” said Dr

Manoj Gupta of Narayani Sub-Regional Hospital. — HNS

Man killed for Rs 50

KAPILVASTU: Raj Kumar Kurmi (32) of Dhanakauli VDC-5 died when his brother hit him on head with a stick on Sunday afternoon. According to Kedar Khanal, a police officer at District Police Office, Kapilvastu, the incident occurred after Raj Kumar asked Nandu Kurmi, his uncle’s son, to return Rs 50 that the latter had borrowed earlier. Police have begun a search for Nandu, who has been absconding after the incident. —HNS

8,000 chicken culled

RUPANDEHI: Police seized and killed 8,000 chicken that had been illegally imported from India on Sunday. Area Police Office, Butwal, informed that a revenue patrol seized the chicken from Nayamil of Shankarnagar VDC and culled them subsequently. However, the smugglers managed to flee. The government has banned the import of birds from border areas to prevent the spread of bird flu. — HNS