Seven dead, two hurt in Jumla landslideIn another incident, a woman and her three-year-old son have gone missing after being swept by a flooded local stream at Hima Rural Municipality in the district.
Seven people died and two others were injured, one critically, in a landslide at Kanakasundari Rural Municipality-5 of Jumla district on Saturday.
According to the District Police Office, seven people were buried alive when the landslide struck a house belonging to Ganesh Shahi at Barkotebada in Kanakasundari-5. Five of the deceased were from the same family while two were their neighbours.
Inspector Dharma Raj Joshi, who is also the information officer at the Jumla Police Office, said 55-year-old Ganesh Shahi, his son Ramesh and daughter-in-law Pansara—both aged 22—two grandchildren and neighbours Surendra Hamal and Bidhya Shahi perished in the landslide. Surendra and Bidhya were taking shelter at Ganesh’s as their houses were perceived to be at risk of landslides in the village.
The landslide erupted just above the house at around 4am. The security personnel and the villagers retrieved the bodies from the debris.
Saraswati Hamal and Ram Bahadur Hamal sustained injuries in the disaster. Saraswati was seriously injured in the incident, said police.
A team led by Sub-inspector Narendra Dwanda was sent to the incident site from the district headquarters. The injured were taken to the Karnali Academy of Health Sciences Teaching Hospital for treatment, police said.
Elsewhere in the district, a 25-year-old woman and her three-year-old son went missing after a flooded local stream swept them away at Hima Rural Municipality-3. The rain-swollen Jogiwada stream swept away Satya Debi Yogi and her son Binamra. Search operation is underway to find the missing duo, police said.
In Salyan, two persons died in separate landslides while around two dozen families have been displaced. According to the District Police Office, Ajaya BK, aged 13, died when a landslide struck him near his residence in Sharada Municipality-8 on Saturday. Similarly, Chandra Bahadur Pun died when a rolling rock hit him while he was clearing the irrigation canal in Tribeni Rural Municipality-4.
Likewise, the security personnel and the local people recovered three bodies from the landslide debris in Mandabi Rural Municipality-4 of Pyuthan district on Saturday. Three people are still missing in the disaster.
Six people went missing after a landslide buried a house belonging to Bam Bahadur Rahu Magar at Udarpurkot village in Mandabi Rural Municipality on Friday.
“Bodies of Thama Budha Magar, Mausami Thapa Magar and Tiki Rahu Magar were recovered from the incident site. Search is on to find three other missing victims,” said Police Inspector Sushil Thapa Magar.
Meanwhile, hundreds of tourists, both domestic and foreign, visiting Mustang have been stranded as transportation came to a halt along the 38-km long Beni-Ghansa road section due to multiple landslides. The vehicular movement has been disrupted in the area since Tuesday.
The visitors who travelled to Mustang in their private vehicles were hit the hardest. “Hundreds of tourists have been stranded due to landslides. Efforts are on to clear the landslides and resume transportation soon,” said Chief District Officer of Myagdi Chirinjibi Rana. According to him, major landslides erupted in Baisari, Tatopani, Dana and Kaprebhir areas along the Beni-Jomsom road stretch.