Rain-triggered landslides obstruct Narayangadh-Muglin road
CHITWAN: Vehicular movement along the Narayangadh-Muglin road section has come to halt after landslides hit in more than a dozen places in Chitwan district since Wednesday evening.
The road was closed after a massive landslide occurred at Tinkilo near Kalikhola at around 7:35 pm yesterday, Narayangadh-Muglin Road Project Engineer Shiva Khanal said.
A passenger bus (Na 6 Kha 7121) heading to Ilam from Kathmandu and a Scorpio jeep (Ba 15 Cha 9381) were hit hard by the landslide debris.
According to police, the bus has gone missing after it was swept into the Trishuli River while the jeep is buried under the debris. However, no human casualties have been reported.
The driver and the passengers reached to safety as they alighted from the vehicles in time.
The incident site is at the distance of three kilometres from Muglin towards Narayangadh near Kalikhola.
Similarly, in a separate natural calamity, two trucks have been buried under landlside debris at Chepangdanda. The drivers, however, managed to escape the disaster, according to Superintendent of Police Deepak Thapa, the chief of District Police Office, Chitwan.
As many as 125 vehicles are stranded amid the landslides that have hit in more than a dozen places, according to Engineer Khanal.
The engineer said that the massive landslide occurred at 10 different places including Duikilo, Tinkilo, Seti confluence near Dasdhunga, Ghumaune among others, along the road stretch.
It is yet to ascertain the number of places hit by landslip, he informed.
It has been difficult to clear the landslide debris as numerous landslides have been occuring due to the incessant rain since last night.
The engineer said it was uncertain when the transportation would resume.
Menahwhile, the effort is on to move the stranded vehicles to safety from the landslide prone areas, he said. Five loader and excavator is in operation to clear the debris.
It has been learnt that people heading to cast vote in the polls being held tomorrow in Bharatpur Metropolitan City-19, in Chitwan district, are also among the passengers stranded in the obstruction.