Chautara, Aug. 6: The government has officially declared around 123 people missing in the Sindhupalchwok landslide dead. Around 123 people went missing in the devastating landslide that hit Jure of Sindhupalchowk in the wee hours of last Saturday.
Only 33 bodies (out of 156 went missing in the disaster) have been recovered from the disaster sites until Tuesday. The District Natural Disaster Rescue Committee has, citing no possibility of further search operation, announced all the missing dead.Families of the missing people have already performed last rites of their relatives by burning their effigies made from Kush (sacrificial grass).
Water flow in Sunkoshi River which was blocked by the landslide debris was in the same condition as it was Tuesday. No progress has been seen today, Deputy Superintendent of Police Bharat Bahadur Bohara said.The rescue committee has started distributing relief assistance to the victims since yesterday, according to damage fixation committee and District Development Committee Information Officer Rajendra Pyakurel. It has announced Rs. 40,000 each to the bereaved family and Rs. 5,000 each to those left homeless in the disaster.
Meanwhile, Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Bimalendra Nidhi today inspected the Araniko Highway which was damaged by the landslide. Efforts are underway to reopen the highway disrupted following the landslide. It’s a great sorrow in nepalese history.