Sindhupalchowk Landslide Update: 11 Bodies Recovered, 20 Still Missing

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The Rising Nepal

By Bidur Acharya, Chautara, Sept. 13: Bodies of 11 persons out of 31 who went missing in the landslides at Ghumthang in Barhabise Municipality-7 in Sindupalchowk district have been recovered.

Navaraj Neupane, Police Inspector at Area Police Office, informed that bodies of seven women and four men were recovered.

Rescue teams of Nepali Army, Armed Police Force, Nepal Police and local people are continuing with the search and rescue operations in the disaster site.

Sushila Pakhrin, Deputy Mayor of Barhabise Municipality, informed that 22 houses of Nagpuje’s BK and Newar locality were damaged due to the landslides.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Agni Prasad Sapkota, visited the disaster site and said that yet another tragic disaster had occurred while preparations were underway to relocate victims of the landslides that occurred in the recent past in the district.

Arun Nepal, Bagmati State Minister for Industry, Tourism and Environment of Bagmati State, and Saresh Nepal, State Assembly member, said that they were working for relocation of the landslides victims.

Local government has a data that 11 thousand houses in Sindhupalchowk are at risk while local levels in the district have said 247 houses are unsafe due to floods and landslides.

640 houses of eight settlement of highly risky area are to be relocated to a safer place, according to district committee for relocation of settlement under risk.

The Committee has pointed at the need to transfer 11,109 households to a safer location and started process to relocate eight settlement to a safer place.

Nagpuje, the area where landslides occurred today, is not one of the settlements that the committee has pointed at those needed to relocate.