Student killed as landslide hits school

POKHARA, July 16

A landslide triggered by heavy rains buried parts of Ex-Army Boarding School in Pokhara on Thursday, killing a student and injuring four teachers and nine students.

Police said the landslide buried four classrooms at the school in Chhorepatan where students were taking first term exams.

The deceased has been identified as ninth grader Sanjaya Gayak of Pokhara. He died while undergoing treatment in Western Regional Hospital after a wall of one of the classrooms fell on him, said District Police Office, Kaski.

Seventh grader Abiskar BK, eighth graders Rachana Poudel and Subin Thapa, ninth graders Kanchan BK and Shikshya Baral and 10th graders Bibhu Bhujel, Pratikshya Subedi and Anusha Sunar have sustained injuries. Principal Mohan Poudel and teachers Ambik Baral, Arun Karki and Bhawani Shankar were also injured in the incident. The injured are undergoing treatment at Gandaki Medical College and other health facilities in Kaski.

According to Kali Maya Regmi, a teacher of the school, the incident took place just five minutes before the exam was over. “Of the 140 students who took the exam, only 15 were in the rooms, along with five teachers, when the landslide struck.”

According to Deepak Karki, a local, landslide had struck the school last year as well, leading to cracks in walls.

Around 600 students attend the school, which was established 16 years ago.