Parbat landslides kill at least 11 people, power outage throughout districtMultiple landslides have obstructed road connectivity in the district.
Eleven people lost their lives in separate landslides in Parbat district on Friday morning.
According to the District Police Office, five people of the same family in Durlung, Ward No. 3 of Kushma Municipality were killed after their house was buried by a landslide.
Similarly, a 38-year-old woman and her six-year-old son died in another landslide that occurred in Silmi of the municipality.
“We had a sleepless night on Thursday night due to heavy rainfall but we did not realise the danger we were in. We thought our house was safe from landslides. We were wrong,” Prem Prasad Paudel, a local resident of Durlung said.
Another landslide that occurred at around 9am at Talche in the municipality took the lives of a 70-year-old woman with her 40-year-old daughter-in-law and her three-year-old grandson, police said. In Modi Rural Municipality of the district, a 50-year-old died after being buried by a landslide.
Electricity supply has been cut off in Parbat since Thursday while road connectivity has also been obstructed due to multiple landslides.
“Midhill Highway and other road networks have also been obstructed in the district. Utility poles have been uprooted in various places. We are yet to collect the details of the destruction,” said Shivaraj Budthathoki, deputy superintendent at District Police Office, Parbat.
Meanwhile, a landslide in Modi Rural Municipality damaged optical fibre cables and has affected telephone and mobile phone services.
“A technician team reached the incident site. But it is not possible to fix the damage immediately,” said Bikash Timilsina, an engineer at Nepal Telecom in Pokhara.
At least 18 people have lost their lives in flood and landslide related incidents in Kaski and Parbat districts in the past two days, according to the data of the Gandaki Provincial Police Office.
On Friday, Krishna Chandra Nepali, chief minister of Gandaki Province, directed authorities to speed up relief and rescue works in the landslide and flood-affected areas.
He requested local and provincial levels to work effectively in order to help victims.
The provincial government has decided to provide Rs100,000 to the families whose loved ones died or are missing in disasters. It has also decided to provide Rs15,000 for food, Rs25,000 for temporary shelter and Rs50,000 for medical treatment.