Nine killed in Taplejung landslide

Ananda Gautam in Taplejung, Nepal/The Kathmandu Post

Taplejung (The Kathmandu Post/ANN) - Nine persons, including eight members of a family, were killed in a landslide in Thukima VDC in Taplejung district on Wednesday night. Three others have gone missing in the incident.

The landslide triggered by torrential rains swept away three houses, police said. According to Deputy Superintendent of Police Govinda Acharya, Asta Bahadur Siwa, 69, his wife Jasmaya, 60, their son Salman Siwa, 40, daughter-in-law Manmaya Siwa, 34, and grandchildren Naniram, 14, Khagendra, 12, Nainakala, 10, and six-year-old Aashish of Thukima-6 were killed in the incident. One Sukmaya Sanwa of Thukima-4 was rescued alive, but she died on the way to a hospital in Phungking, the district headquarters. The missing in the massive landslide have been identified as Tej Bahadur Siwa, 28, Kaji Siwa, 10, and four-year-old Aashika Siwa.

Nani Bahadur Kedem, a local teacher, said the villagers went to the incident site only on Thursday morning.

"We knew that there was a landslide on Wednesday night as the ground shook. But we then did not know where it happened," he said.

According to Kedem, Siwa's house was at risk, but the poor family was not able to shift to a safer place.

In Ilam district, three households have been displaced due to a landslide at Banjho-9. Houses belonging to the families of Chandra Sanwa, Chok Bahadur Lawoti and one Nembang family were damaged in the incident.

According to the villagers, altogether 12 houses in the area are at high risk of landslide.