Victims rehabilitated in landslip-prone area

SANKHUWASABHA: Flood victims of Sikdin in TamkuVDC-9 of the district, who were rehabilitated in Majhakharka area after their houses and properties were destroyed in the recent landslide, said that the place they were resettled was too congested.

The displaced 225 people of 40 households of the village have been living in tents. A joint rescue team of Nepali Army and Nepal Police had taken them to Majkharka following the landslide ten days ago. Four persons were killed while nine others are still missing in the landslide.

The displaced local residents said that even Majkharka area was not safe for resettlement as the landslides in the adjoining areas were still on. The situation has become further serious as incessant rainfall that began 12 days is yet to be ceased.

Chandra Bahadur Rai, one of the victims, lamented as the tent life was very difficult as water leakage due to the continuous rainfall was creating problem. He was displaced with his nine family members.

Another victim Kantuser Rai said, "Due to the incessant rainfall for 12 days, we're living fearing that our camps too would be swept away anytime." His son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren are still missing in the landslide.

DSP Poshraj Pokherel admitted that the condition of victims -- children, women and senior citizens -- is miserable in the tents.

Ramchandra Khatri, NA captain at Amardal Battalion, informed that the rescue operation had become difficult as the landslides were still occurring in the areas.

In order to draw attention of local authorities, a team of victim had also arrived in the district headquarters Khadbari, demanding proper compensation and rehabilitation.

Meanwhile, various civil servants bodies and staffer of different NGOs in the district have started fundraising campaign so as to help the flood victims.