Two missing in Dhading landslide, 260 cattle buried

Published On: January 28, 2019 08:08 AM NPT

DHADING, Jan 28: Two persons have gone missing on Sunday after being buried by a landslide triggered by heavy snowfall in Rubi Valley Rural Municipality-4.

Police have intensified search for the missing. Dhan Bahadur Tamang, 18, and Nurbu Tamang, 45, of Hindung gone out of contact after being buried by landslide, according to Deputy Superintendent (DSP) Shyam Kumar Mahato of Dhading. DSP Mahato further informed Republica that the landslide also buried 260 cattle.

After walking for five hours from the rural municipality center Sertung, police reached Hindung for the rescue work. Chief District Officer (CDO) Bhagirath Pandey informed Republica that it has been challenging to remove the debris due to large stones and rocks. "The efforts of locals and police may not be enough to remove the debris," said CDO Pandey, adding, "We have urged the government for help." 

A meeting of the District Security Committee held on Sunday decided to send a mail to the home ministry requesting to deploy Nepal Army with more arms and ammunitions. The continuous snowfall for the past few days has taken its toll on the lives of the people in northern Dhading.

The snowfall, which started Friday has completely covered the cattle, sheds of farmers. Therefore, to escape the biting cold, some farmers had started living in a cave along with their herds. It has been speculated that those people were buried by the landslide.  

After hearing about the incident, a team of Assistant Chief District Officer Dholakraj Dhakal, parliamentary member Jagat Simkhada and former Home Minister Buddhiman Tamang reached the incident site by chartering a helicopter.

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