Land­slide, flood kill 8 in Nepal

The Hitavada - - 2ND FRONT PAGE - ■ By Shri­ish B Prad­han

A HUGE land­slide and flood trig­gered by tor­ren­tial rains in Nepal on Fri­day killed at least eight per­sons, in­clud­ing three of a fam­ily while more than 3,000 peo­ple were dis­placed, prompt­ing de­ploy­ment of the army for rescue and re­lief op­er­a­tions.

The land­slide hit the Bhak­ta­pur district on Thurs­day night and swept away the home of the fam­ily while they were asleep.

The bod­ies of the vic­tims were iden­ti­fied as that of a 70-year-old man, his 62-year-old wife and their grand­daugh­ter.

The bod­ies have been pulled out of the de­bris, po­lice said. Two per­sons were killed in Ru­pan­dehi, one each in Kapil­vastu, Baglung and jhapa dis­tricts, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial. Parts of Bhak­ta­pur Mu­nic­i­pally have been sub­merged due to the flood on the Hanu­mante river fol­low­ing con­tin­u­ous down­pour for the past three days. Inspector Hi­mal Shrestha, spokesper­son for the Bhak­ta­pur Po­lice, said 111 peo­ple were res­cued from floods in the Radhe Radhe area and the nearby Khasangkhusung river.

“Most of the peo­ple we res­cued are earth­quake vic­tims staying in tem­po­rary shel­ters and vegetable farm­ers. Their place is un­liv­able,” said Shrestha, adding that they may be dis­placed for two more days.

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