Monday morning landslides in Tanahun kills 10; two missingThree injured from Rishing and Byas landslide sites are receiving treatment at Gandaki Hospital in Pokhara.
Keshav Bahadur Thapa of Byas Municipality Ward No. 9 in Tanahun lost his entire family in a landslide that occurred early Monday morning.
“It was around 6:30 in the morning when I was awakened by a loud sound. Our house collapsed on us,” he said. “I was half-buried and I looked around but could not see my wife, sons and my daughter-in-law anywhere.”
One of his sons, a 24-year-old, was supposed to leave for Kathmandu on Monday before leaving for Dubai for foreign employment, said Thapa. “He had packed his luggage and visited his relatives on Sunday evening. They recovered his body from the debris along with the bodies of my wife and daughter-in-law.”
The body of his other son was recovered later on Monday evening.
"The landslide had swept trees and rocks with it and battered four to five houses," said Sudip Neupane, a local of Byas. "Everyone was trying to escape, we couldn’t do much to save all of them.”
Ten people died while two others have gone missing in various landslides following heavy rainfall in Tanahun on Monday morning.
Two others along with Thapa were rescued from the incident sites. They were taken to Gandaki Hospital in Pokhara for treatment, said Superintendent of Police Arun Paudel.
According to the District Police Office, security agencies, including Nepal Police, are coordinating with the concerned authorities and locals for the search and rescue of two other missing individuals.
The details on the extent of damage caused by the landslides were not immediately clear.
“Four members of the same family died in Byas and two members of the same family died in Rishing,” said Paudel.
“A 17-year-old girl whose house was hit by a landslide in Myagde Rural Municipality Ward No. 6, Belaute Danda, died while undergoing treatment at Ratnahari Hospital in Damauli,” said Deputy Superintendent Yubaraj Timilsina of Tanahu police.