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
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
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.
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