91 missing in Surkhet flood declared dead

SURKHET: District Disaster Rescue Committee, Surkhet, declared as many as 91 persons missing in the massive flood in the district a month ago, dead, today.

District Administration Office Surkhet said it declared all the disappeared persons dead at a press meet today.

Assistant Chief District Officer Jagat Bahadur Basnet said that they were declared dead as per the decision of the concerned village development committee representatives, all party meeting, Nepal Police, Nepali Army and locals.

With this declaration, the death toll has reached 125 in Surkhet’s deadly flood this monsoon.

Of the disappeared, the bodies of 34 persons were recovered. According to Basnet, the missing were declared dead in accordance with the advice of their kin as they had no hope of recovering them alive. As many as 29 persons from Tatapani VDC, 24 from Hariharpur, 16 from Taranga, 13 from Satakhani, six from Babiyachour, and one from Birendranagar municipality and the same number from Matela VDC had gone missing. The declaration has paved the way for relatives of the missing to receive relief.

Assistant CDO Basnet said they would grant relief to the victims’ families immediately after they posted relation verification documents and recommendation letters from the concerned VDCs. According to him, Rs 40,000 for each dead person and Rs 100,000 is distributed to the kin of the dead.

Of the 34 bodies that were recovered, the kin of 21 families received Rs 15.8 lakh, said Basnet. The kin of two missing, whose bodies were found, are yet to come into contact, whereas 10 of the recovered bodies are yet to be identified, informed the office.

Source: THT