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Taplejung Rainfall Over 10 Days Leaves 5 Dead, Displaces Hundreds

A total of 384 people of 81 families have been displaced due to floods and landslides triggered by monsoon rains in Taplejung district over the past 10 days.

According to the District Police Office, five people and 84 domesticated animals perished in the monsoon mayhem in Taplejung, a mountain district in Koshi Province. Four vehicles were damaged in the monsoon-related disasters during the time.

As per the record available at the District Police Office, Jasamaya Limbu and her twin daughters Ganga and Jamuna; Ram Bahadur Samra of Khejenim in ward 2 of Phaktanglung Rural Municipality; and Sabin Rai died in separate incidents of landslides. Rai, a permanent resident of ward 14 of Phidim Municipality in Panchthar died after being buried by a landslide in Yamphudin, Taplejung.

According to Deputy Superintendent of Police Ravi Rawal, the landslides completely destroyed eight houses. Eighteen houses are at high risk and 55 others are at risk, he said.

“Sirijanga, Sidingwa, Mikkakhola and Phaktalung rural municipalities are hugely affected by monsoon-related disasters. Five bridges were damaged and six rural roads were disrupted by the floods and landslides,” said Rawal.

Transportation resumed on three roads while efforts are on to reopen two other roads. According to Rawal, a crusher factory, a micro hydropower project and the Limbu museum were damaged by the landslides.

In Jhapa, four families were displaced when the local Biring stream breached banks and entered Yuwatol in ward 6 of Jhapa Rural Municipality on Tuesday. Around two dozen houses were submerged up to three feet under water.

It has been raining heavily in the area since Sunday. Police said 18 people of four families were displaced in the incident. They are taking shelter in neighbours’ houses.

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