Landslide, flood kill 8 in Nepal
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.