Four persons missing in Taplejung landslides

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Taplejung: Four persons including three of a single family have gone missing in separate incidents of landslide taken place in Mehel village of Sidingwa Rural Municipality, Taplejung, following a heavy rain last night. 

Kamal Kadariya, a local resident, said that Bhagimaya Budhathoki, her daughter-in-law Sandhya and sandhya’s son Prajwal are missing in the landslide after their house collapsed in the landslide. 

Likewise, Bharat Tamang has gone missing in a separate landslide in the same village. Tamang went missing in the landslip while returning after shifting his parents to a safe zone from their house, which is on the bank of the river.

 Vice-Chairperson of Sidingwa Rural Municipality Bandana Kadariya said that a team of police personnel is heading to the disaster area from Sablakhu Police Post. 

The house of Raj Kumar Gautam was also washed away in the landslide at Mehel while other three houses are at risk of landslide. 

Similarly, a building of the Mehel Health Post was completely destroyed in the landslide. Continuous rain has been taking place at Sidingwa and Sirijungha area in the district since last night. 

The landslides taking place at different places has disrupted several road networks in the village and the power supply is disrupted at Yamphudin, Khewang, Mehel, Surumkhim, Angkhop and other villages. Likewise, Dovanbazaar is at high risk of inundation after the flood in Maiwakhola (river) while some houses in the Dovanbazaar have been damaged. 

Chaitanya Budhathoki (a local teacher in the village) said that some houses have been inundated in the swollen Ingwakhola (river). The flood has also caused damage to the Ingwakhola Hydropower Project. Details of the disaster in the district are awaited.