KATHMANDU, Oct 11: Eight people were killed and three others have gone missing when a landslide triggered by incessant rain buried them on Monday afternoon. The incident took place at Salim, Chhayanath Rara Municipality-11, the District Police Office, Mugu said.
Of the deceased, four are men and four women. All the deceased had stayed in the same house due to the fear of a landslide. All of them died on the spot in the incident. However, the identity of the deceased and those missing in the disaster has not been ascertained yet, said Deputy Superintendent of Police, Subash Hamal.
A police team from Gamgadhi reached the incident site to carry out a search for the missing. Problems surfaced in search operations due to continuous rainfall. There are around 35 households in Salim village. All the families have been shifted to safer places after the landslide, he added.
A helicopter that was supposed to come from Surkhet for rescuing the victims could not reach the incident site till the evening.
Similarly, 10 houses have collapsed due to a landslide in ward number 8 of the municipality. The entire settlement at this location is at high risk of landslide. Twenty-five sheep and property worth hundreds of thousands of rupees was damaged when a house collapsed following incessant rainfall at Topla Gaun, Chhayanath Rara Municipality-7. Most of the people at Topla, Sigadi and Ghuira villages have been displaced due to imminent risks of landslides.
Likewise, a helicopter that came to rescue the landslide victims in neighboring Kalikot district returned to Surkhet and it would come on Tuesday early morning.
Meanwhile, the power generated from different rivulets has been disrupted in the district after a landslide hit the water source, said Chief District Officer of Kalikot, Rom Bahadur Mahat.
Communication services in the district remain disrupted, he added.