Rain-triggered accidents kill three

Pokhara/Lamjung, August 15

Three persons were killed in separate incidents triggered by incessant rainfall for the past two days in different parts of the country.

Two members of a family were killed when a house belonging to Man Bahadur Shahi at Dhursaul of Nishikhola Rural Municipality Baglung caved in this morning.

Shahi’s wife Dhan Kumari, 65 and daughter-in-law Dalli Shahi died in the house collapse, while Shahi, 66 and his grandson, 3, are safe and sound. The bodies were handed over to the family after the completion of post-mortem, police said.

Similarly, Umesh Bahadur Shahi, 39 of Nalgad Municipality, Jajarkot was swept away by Danipipal Khola this morning. The body was recovered 50 metres downstream.

Flood in Jhupra khola has swept away four houses along with two bridges at wards 2, 3 and 4 of Nalgad Municipality.

Similarly, the swollen Kaligandaki River swept away the building of Dhawalagiri Basic School located at Kopchepani of Annapurna Rural Municipality, Myagdi this morning. Myagdi CDO Lila Adhikari said the flood had swept away the six-room school building and the Janajagriti Mothers’ Group building.

“Fifteen students studying at the school have been shifted to a house for classes,” said Adhikari. Since the flood in Kaligandaki has eroded some section along Beni-Jomsom road section, it will take four to five days to resume vehicular movement on the road, according to Adhikari.

Three persons were injured when landslide buried six houses at Malika Rural Municipality, in Myagdi. Two of the injured are being treated at the local hospital while one critically injured was referred to Pokhara for treatment. Six landslide victim families have been kept at locals’ houses. District Disaster Rescue Committee has provided them with tents, blankets and food.

In Parbat, flood water in Lasti khola has endangered Lasti bazaar. The flood has been eroding land continuously and around 100 families live in the area. Landslide triggered by rains has obstructed Besisahar- Chame road section that connects with Manang.

The landslip has damaged the road at Kotoko Trichungalda at Chame Rural Municipality.