5 die in Dhading landslides

Published On: June 29, 2018 05:15 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

Three of a family among deceased

DHADING, June 29: Landslides in northern part of Dhading district on Wednesday night buried five people and injured six others. 

Three members of the same family from ward number 5 of Khaniyabas Rural Municipality of the district are among the deceased. 

The monsoon-induced landslides have claimed the lives of Basudha Gurung, 33, of ward-5, and her two daughters –Laxmi, 10, and five-year-old Saraswati. Her son, Bikash, 12, sustained injuries. 

Likewise, the other two deceased also belonged to one family. They have been identified as Shamsher Ghale, 65, and his wife Kopchi, 62, of Khaniyabas-4, according to Superintendent of Police Dambar BK of the District Police Office, Dhading. He further informed that landslides buried them when they were sleeping inside shed. 

Landslides also buried a few houses in Dhokarpur of Netrawati Dabjong Rural Municipality-1. No human causality has been reported so far in Dhokarpur.

Bikash and another injured Rabin Gautam of Khaniyabas-4 are undergoing treatment at the health post of Kintangfedi. The other four injured have returned home after minor treatment. 

The landslides caused damage to 12 houses in Khaniyabas and Netrabati Dabjong rural municipalities. The landslides also killed a few dozen cattle and poultry. 

It takes about a day’s trek from Dhadingbesi, the district headquarters, to reach the landslide-hit villages. Following the landslides, a meeting of the District Disaster Management Committee was held at Dhadingbesi. Following the meeting, a relief team led by Dhading’s Administrative Officer Raman Mani Mishra reached the site.

“We have decided to provide Rs 100,000 to the families of the deceased. And each family whose houses were damaged by the landslides were provided Rs 10,000, food and tarpaulins,” said Chief District Officer Bhagirath Pandey.

The risk of landslides still continues in northern Dhading following the incessant rains. Last year also, many northern settlements of the district were put at risk by landslides. 

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