Seven families rescued from Taplejung landslides

TAPLEGUNJ: Police have rescued seven families, trapped between landslides in Sotli village in Tapethok VDC-8 of the district, and relocated them to safer places.

The seven families of Lamatar, Jaubari and Hekku in Sotli village were rescued by police in joint effort of the locals a day after they were trapped, informed District Disaster Management Committee Coordinator and Chief District Officer Chakrapani Pandey.

According to DSP Ram Bahadur KC, other 11 families of the neighbouring area have also been relocated due to the landslips.

KC has stated that the area, at the moment, is uninhabitable for the people there.

A team of police headed by Assistant Sub-Inspector Pradip Rai of the Tapethok Police Office had reached the incident area for the same.

A separate team of security personnel was sent to the incident site on Saturday itself, but returned from midway as they could not reach the area.

The remote village was cut off from any type of communication as incessant rainfall had triggered huge landslides around it.

Police have also rescued missing Chandra Maya Rai from the landslips. However, a 28-year-old relative of one of the families trapped in Sotli, Manita Rai, is still missing since the disaster struck, police informed.

Earlier, it was reported that six families were trapped after the land masses slipped.