Jajarkot, August 5
Nine persons lost their lives when a landslide struck Thantibazaar in Jajarkot’s Bheri Municipality this morning.
Sources in Jajarkot District Police Office said eight children and a woman were killed when the landslide buried houses belonging to Tirtharaj Bohora and Gopal Sunar at around 7:30 am. One person was rescued alive hours later.
Bohora’s seven-year-old daughter Najma, along with four members of a tenant family, were killed when the landslide struck his house. Lal Bahadur Luhar’s wife Shitalar, 25, and his daughters Ranjana, 10, Manisha, 6, and Bhagawati, 3, died. Originally from Gangatiya in Bheri Municipality, Lal Bahadur’s family had rented rooms in Bohora’s house.
Four others living on rent in an adjoining house also died in the landslide. The deceased have been identified as Narendra Pariyar, 13, and Nabin Pariyar, 11, of Kushe Municipality, and Dasharath Pariyar, 10, and Govind Pariyar, 8, of Nalgad Municipality.
Security personnel of Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and Nepali Army, along with locals, carried out the rescue operation and rescued one person, Lal Bahadur, from the rubble. “Difficult terrain and the downpour added to the difficulty of the rescue operation, which lasted for eight hours,” said Inspector Indrajit Sunar.
The eight bodies have been retrieved and sent to the district hospital for post-mortem.
“About one-and-a-half hours after the landslide struck, Lal Bahadur was rescued with serious injuries to his chest, head and legs,” Sunar said, adding that he is undergoing treatment at the district hospital.
Meanwhile, CDO Lalit Bahadur Basnet has called a meeting of District Natural Disaster Rescue Committee for tomorrow. “The meeting will recommend to the home ministry that relief be provided to the victims’ kin,” said the CDO, who is also the coordinator of the panel, adding that the process of providing immediate relief to the victims’ kin was on.
A version of this article appears in print on August 06, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.