RAMECHAP, July 16: Two people have been killed while three have gone missing after flood and landslide debris in Chatibane River swept through a settlement in Khimti of Likhu Rural Municipality in Ramechap district on Saturday.
One of the victims reportedly died on the spot whereas the dead body of another was recovered from the bank of Tamakoshi River near Haledai of Tilpung. The massive flood and landslide triggered by incessant rainfall has injured 10 more people. Bal Kumari Khatri, 60, died on the spot after the debris swept into the village on Saturday midnight. Similarly, the dead body of Basudev Karki, 40, was recovered from the bank of Tamakoshi River. Likewise, Biman Tamang, 40, his daughter Manila Tamang, 11, and Suman Kumari Tamang, 55, have been missing after the flood.
Five of the injured are said to be in a critical condition. Although the security personnel and locals reached the incident site early in the morning, they couldn't take the injured to the hospital for treatment. Health workers and a team of Red Cross later gave primary treatment to the victims on the spot. As the flood and landslides along the Khimti River posed a serious problem in moving the injured to hospital, they were airlifted to Kathmandu by a helicopter.
Similarly, Suntali Khatri, Kumar Khatri, Bhagawati Khatri, Radha Khatri and minor girl Pramisha Khatri, Bishal Budha of Banke, Rudra Gurung and Jag Bahadur Gharti of Surkhet have been injured in the incident.
According to the police, the monsoon-triggered landslide has also swept away three houses and a suspension bridge along the Manthali-Dolakha road section.
Flood has also swept away the hut of Suman Kumari Khatri, who is still missing. Basudev Karki of Gelu, who was helping Khatri till her land with a pair of oxen, was also swept away by the flood.