Khalanga Bazar at high risk of landslide

Published On: August 27, 2017 08:32 AM NPT

JAJARKOT, August 27: A massive landslide  on Friday night which hit more than two dozen houses at Thatibazaar New Road has left  Khalanga Bazaar folks in fear.

Landslide prompted by torrential rainfall has affected a lot of houses including the buildings of Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) and the Water Supply  Sub-division Office. As a 200 meter  section of the Jajarkot-Dolpa road stretch has caved in, the settlement at New Road is at risk of being swept away by landslide. 

Landslide has also swept away the electric poles and cables, compelling the locals to live in the dark at night.  The condition of the road is so bad that even bicycles cannot use it. As per  locals, lack of proper  road construction and sewerage management is one of the reasons for the landslide. The locals have urged the government to take necessary action to save the settlement.

  With no public road vehicles, locals  face great hardship moving from one place to another. Some of them have even started looking to migrate elsewhere.

According to Briddhi Bahadur Khatri, general secretary of Jajarkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry, lack of proper sewerage and drainage has put the settlement at such  risk.

The local authorities also have appealed to the government to do something for the security of the people and their property. The locals too have  demanded  resumption of the road construction project which was stalled due to landslide.

Meanwhiloe, some experts have blamed urbanization and lack of good management  as the reason for the natural disaster. Civil society leader Keshav Jung Shah states that the carelessness of the locals and shoddy work by the construction workers have resulted in such problems.

There are various other places in Khalanga which are at risk of landslides also. According to CP Gharti, chief of the municipality, a million rupee budget is needed to mitigate the risk of landslides. 


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