Nine killed, six missing and two seriously injured in floods and landslides in Barekot, Jajarkot in the past three daysThe monsoon-induced disasters have displaced at least 300 families in the rural municipality.
Bhim Bahadur Singh
Nine people have lost their lives while six others are reported missing in the past three days in Jajarkot ravaged by floods and landslides.
Teams from the Nepal Army, Armed Police Force and Nepal Police have been mobilised to search for the missing, said officials.
"Nine people were killed after a landslide swept away two houses in Barekot-4, Sarkigaun, on Thursday night," said Deputy Superintendent Kishor Kumar Shrestha. "Three are still missing."
Two people seriously injured in the incidents of floods and landslides have been airlifted to Nepaljung by Nepal Army for treatment.
A 20-year-old man and a 10-year-old boy from Barekot Rural Municipality-6 and another man from Junichande Rural Municipality-11, Kortang, have gone missing in floods, officials said.
At least 300 families have been displaced by floods and landslides in Barekot alone.
"Around 60 families of the displaced are from Maina, 10 from Sarki Gaun, 90 from Tolkhan, 36 from Kalakholi, 40 from Pakha, 30 from Bhailokhana, 32 from Dhulkot and 12 are from Rokayagaun," said Govinda Bahadur Singh, acting administrative chief of the rural municipality. “They have been sheltering at schools, open fields, in the jungle and in animal sheds."
"Landslides are still taking place in many areas of rural municipality," said Singh, "In some places, people have been unable to go from one house to another ."
Around one-and-a-half-dozen villages including Jiri, Maina, Bhailokhana, Tolkhan, Karuka, Karkijiula, Gharigaun and Suwakot are also at high risk of being swept away by landslides.
“The steep terrain of Sarki Gun has made it difficult for us to look for the missing,” said Shrestha.