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Recent floods and landslides claim 14 lives

Kathmandu:  A total of 14 people have lost their lives to disasters triggered by incessant monsoon rain in different parts of the country since Friday night.  

Others three have gone missing in the landslides, flooding, and inundations. According to the central Police Spokesperson and Deputy Inspector General of Police, Dan Bahadur Karki, the number of injuries in such incidents is 18. 

Of the 14 casualties, one has been reported in Kathmandu, three from Syangja, two in Parbat, one in Udayapur, two in Kavrepalanchowk, one in Palpa, three in Tahanu and one in Dang. 

Manoj BK from Lakhan Thapa Rural Municipality-6 in Gorkha was killed in a landslide at Nagarjun Municipality-3 in Kathmandu. 

Others killed due to landslides include Raj Rai from Rautamai Rural Municipality-5 in Udayapur, Jalamaya Rujal Magar, and Setimaya Rujal from Roshi Rural Municipality-11 in Kavrepalanchowk.

Further casualties from landslides include Hira Nepal, Anisha Bastola, and Shyam Bhandari from Shuklagandaki municipality-7 in Tanahu, and Guweshori Sharma Marasini, Madhav Sharma, and Harimaya Sharma from Biruwa Rural Municipality-6 in Syangja, according to the police.

According to Police Headquarters, Naxal, Jhalak Prasad Sharma and Tulsi Prasad Sharma of Phalebas Municipality-1 Karkineta in Parbat, Rima Saraha Ranamgar of Mathagadhi Rural Municipality-6 in Palpa and Maniam Chaudhary of Bagrapur in Lamahi Municipality-8 of Dang were killed in the landslide.  

Similarly, Jangmu Sherpa of Dolakha Gaurishankar Rural Municipality-9, Rajkumar Yadav of Rajpur Rural Municipality-2, Dang, and Khem Kumari Mall of Jyamire in Syangja Bhirkot Municipality-5 are among those who disappeared in flooding and landslide incidents.

Police further shared that so far, five people have been injured in Tanahu, one person in Gulmi, two people in Okhaldhunga, three people in Kathmandu, one in Chitwan and six people in Syangja.

The police said that due to the heavy rains, life has been affected across the country and the water level in major rivers including Koshi and Narayani is high.

Even today, the police are continuing to patrol and monitor the banks of rivers and streams in Kathmandu Valley. Central Police Spokesperson Karki said that the water level in the river in the Valley has increased due to incessant rainfall.

Security personnel from all three security agencies have been mobilized in the affected areas with high alertness, the Police Headquarters said.