Sniffer dog brought to find missing persons

Dolakha, August 5

Two days after a massive landslide destroyed dozens of houses in Jhagadetol of Gaurishankar Rural Municipality, Dolakha, two persons who went missing in the incident are yet to be tracked.

Fifty-five-year-old Jagat Bahadur Khatri and Nishan Khadka, 18, have been missing since the incident took place on Saturday.

“Though the army has started using a sniffer dog, the missing persons are nowhere to be found,” said District Coordination Committee Chief Dabal Pande.

Nepali Army had participated in the search operation following a request from the DCC.

Apart from the 20 houses destroyed by the landslide in Jhagadetole, 120 other households are at risk of further landslides in the same village and adjoining villages such as Sarkigaun, Biramsi, Afalepu, Yarsa, Darkha, Rajapu and Bojapatale.

“The displaced have been kept at the local Nilakantheshwor Secondary School, Yarsa Preliminary School and a cooperatives building,” said Chief District Officer Khagendra Prasad Rijal. “While discussions are on as to how and where to relocate the displaced, security agencies are assessing the damage,” said the CDO.

The villages have been almost cut-off from the outside after roads leading to them were destroyed at different places. Around eight km stretch of the road was damaged due to landslide.

Meanwhile, the landslide has now created a drinking water crisis in the villages.