Deaths mount as landslides hit Nepal
by Pradeep Kaphle
Special to Peter's New York

NEPAL, Wednesday, October 7, 2009--Over two dozen persons have been killed in separate landslides caused by incessant rain over the past three days in the far western region of Nepal Tuesday.

Twelve persons were killed when a landslide swept over two houses in Mastamadau VDC of Dadeldhura and 11 persons were killed in Patalkot VDC of Achham in a separate landslide.

The entire families of Dambar Bhool and Bijaya Bhool perished in the Dadeldhura landslide. Dambar’s wife Mata Devi Bhool, son Thagunna, daughter Kumari and nieces Basanti and Hema Bhool, and Bijaya Bhool’s wife Padhma Devi Bhool and children Ramesh, Mahadev and Binod Bhool died in the incident.

Two persons were rescued safely from the landslide area.

Likewise, at least 11 persons belonging to four families were killed when a landslide occurred in the Patalkot-9, Achham district at about 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Those killed include Khuge Bohara, Suraj Bohara, Bhava Kumar Bohara, Tara Bohara, Jamuna Bohara and Paru Bohara. Police have said, they were facing difficulty in mounting rescue operations due to the remoteness of the place.
In Bajhang district, eighteen-year-old Juna Kumari Upadhyaya and her sister two-and-half-year old Panchakala Upadhyaya died when their house collapsed this morning. Purna Bista was killed in a different landslide in the Dipayal district.

More houses are at the risk of landslides as the rain has not stopped.

The incessant rains in the far west have inundated some villages and swept away recently harvested rice paddies in Mahendranagar.

Highways and supporting roads have also been blocked due to other landslides.