At least nine people dead in separate incidents of floods and landslidesRoad sections in Pokhara of Gandaki Province have started to cave in after continuous rainfalls for the last few days.
Durgalal KC & Deepak Pariyar
At least nine people were killed in separate incidents of floods and landslides in Kaski and Dang districts on Wednesday night.
Four women died when a car they were travelling in was swept away by the flooded Sisnekhola in Ghorahi Sub-Metropolitan City-4, Dang. The bodies of two victims were recovered on Wednesday night itself while two other bodies were recovered three kilometres downstream on Thursday morning.
Security personnel rescued the driver of the car. He fractured his leg in the incident and he was taken to Ghorahi-based Rapti Academy of Health Sciences, said police.
The victims, all of them residents of Ghorahi, were returning from Rupaidiha, a border town in India across Nepalgunj, after shopping.
“The driver attempted to drive across the flooded stream instead of taking an alternative route,” said Superintendent of Police Suresh Kafle.
In Pokhara, five individuals lost their lives and one individual went missing in separate landslides since Wednesday afternoon. Five individuals sustained injuries in Pokhara, according to the District Police Office in Kaski.
According to the police, a 35-year-old woman died in a landslide at Bhalam in Pokhara on Wednesday night while her 45-year-old husband who was rescued from the incident site died during the course of treatment at Manipal Teaching Hospital.
Their three-year-old son has gone missing while another son, aged 9, sustained injuries.
In another incident, a 42-year-old man was trapped in a landslide at Bhanjyang Namunatole with his family on Thursday night. He was later rescued and taken to Manipal Teaching Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
“The man died while undergoing treatment at the Manipal Hospital,” said Pokhara Police spokesperson DSP Subas Hamal. “His 14-year-old daughter, who was injured in the incident, has been discharged from the hospital. His wife and two sons were rescued alive.”
Similarly, three people from the same family suffered injuries in another landslide that occurred at Baseri in Pokhara Metropolis.
Kanhukhola and Kamalpokhari areas in Pokhara Ward No. 13 have been inundated because of floodwaters.
Sections of roads and physical infrastructure in Pokhara have started to cave in after continuous rainfalls for the last few days.
Last week, Mahendra bridge and Lakeside road sections had collapsed, posing risk to nearby settlements.
“On Thursday, Nadipur road section caved in threatening three houses in Pokhara Ward No. 3. For the time being, we have repaired the road section. Several cracks have developed in the area” said Rabindra Bahadur Praja, ward chairman of Pokhara Ward No. 3.
Meanwhile, vehicular movement along Butwal-Devdaha road section in Rupandehi has been disrupted after the Ghodaha bridge caved in last week.
“Travellers have been using Bhairahawa-Parasi road to go to Kathmandu from Butwal as an alternative way,” said Dilli Narayan Pandey, deputy superintendent at Provincial Traffic Police Office in Lumbini Province. “Works have also been initiated to construct a diversion at Devdaha.”
In Sindhuli, vehicular movement along Dudhauli-Lakhima and Arun Thakur road sections has come to a halt from Thursday.
“The road sections were heavily damaged due to multiple landslides since last one week,” said Milan Sunuwar, ward chairman of Dudahuli Municipality Ward No. 13.
(With inputs from our correspondents in Gandaki, Lumbini and Bagmati Provinces)