POKHARA, July 10: At least nine people died and several others were injured in landslides triggered by incessant rainfall that buried houses in Kaski and Lamjung districts on Thursday night.
Six people died when Tank Bahadur Thapa Magar’s house was buried by landslide in Pokhara Metropolitan City-18 in Gothadi, according to the spokesperson for the Kaski District Police, DSP Subash Hamal. The deceased are yet to be identified.
Six other victims in the same incident who sustained injuries were rescued. They have been taken to Manipal Teaching Hospital and Western Regional Hospital for treatment, according to police.
DSP Hamal said that the relatives of the Thapa family had gathered to celebrate a family member’s birthday. “Some other people may have been buried in the landslide,” he said.
Separate teams of Nepal Army, Nepal Police and the Armed Police Force have begun search and rescue operations. “There are fears that more people could have been buried as there was a big gathering in the celebration,” said Ran Bahadur Thapa, ward chairman of Pokhara-18.
Also, three people from the same family in Besisahar Municipality-7, Satbise in Lamjung district, died after their house was buried by landslide debris. The deceased have been identified as Dipak Tamang, 32, his wife Bimaya Tamang, 25 and their eight-year old son Chhewang Tamang, according to police.
Meanwhile, one elderly person died after a house in Pokhara-25, Hemja was buried in a landslide at around 3 am earlier today. The deceased has been identified as Himkali Adhikari. Three goats were also buried in the landslide debris, according to police.
Similarly, three more people were injured in a landslide in Pokhara-17, Chhorepatan. The rain-triggered landslide buried the house of Chandra Bahadur Magar. They are undergoing treatment at a hospital in Birauta, Pokhara.
Meanwhile, the Ramghat area has been flooded since Thursday evening. The locals were relocated to a safe zone on Thursday night, according to the local police.