Gorkha villages face landslip threat

Threat of landslips sweeping off settlements in Gorkha district, the epicentre of the April 25 earthquake, and even blocking the Budhigandaki river has increased with monsoon gaining momentum.

The fear of disasters grows with the lawmaker-led resettlement committee failing to relocate the people from risky areas before the rains. Landslides have already hit several areas in Kerauja, Lapu and Gumda VDCs after overnight rainfall.

People in Kerauja, who were living in temporary shelters, have been displaced again after the landslide, said Sundar Babu Khanal, principal of Kerauja Secondary School. Residents of Wards No 2 and 4 in the VDC have already left for safer grounds.

Landslides have also been reported along the Manaslu mountain trail that had been cut off by landslides triggered by the earthquakes in Khanibesi in Gumda-5 and Kashigaun. Bimaya Gurung of Khanibesi said the Budhigandaki river keeps getting blocked due to landslips.

“The river was blocked for about an hour on Friday night. Locals have escaped to higher grounds,” she said. Kharpa Gurung of Kashigaun Besi, who was herding cattle, has been missing since the landslide. Landslide destroyed 20 shacks in Kerauja-4, according to Khanal. The debris of destroyed houses in the area had also been wiped off. Locals of Kerauja village have gone looking for safer areas abandoning 150 temporary shelters.

The resettlement committee had recommended relocating 475 households of Kerauja to Alkatar of Aruarbang VDC and Mangaltar of Aruchnaute VDC before monsoon .

A team of geologists had submitted a report stating that 15 houses in Kashigaun Besi, 327 houses in Bhirkuna, Lapubesi, Khanibesi and Khanigaun of Lapu, and 18 houses in Khanibesi and 57 in Machhikhola of Gumda are threatened by landslides .

Fearing for their safety, locals of Laprak have already moved to Gupsidanda while residents of Machhikhola have reached Lapsigaun. People in other villages are still awaiting resettlement.

2 dead, 2 missing in flooded streams

GULARIYA: Two women have been missing in the flooded Orahi stream in Bardiya district while one each died after being swept away by rain-swollen streams in Dailekh and Bara districts in the past 24 hours. Manu Kumari Thapa of Kothiyagaun and Mina Kumari Chaudhary of Dhodhari-9 went missing in the Aurahi stream on Saturday morning, police said. Thapa was on her way to work at the embankment project along the Geruwa river in Suryapatuka. Chaudhary was swept away while she was fishing in the flooded stream. Similarly, Maheshwori Damai of Piladi-1, Dailekh, drowned in a rain-swollen stream on Friday. The body was recovered 3km downstream. In Bara, Balaram Adhikari of Gadhimai was swept away while he attempted to wade across the Pasaha stream on Friday. Police recovered his body on Saturday. (PR)

Source: eKantipur