(English) I found myself in the middle of the river, says flood victim

Image source: Chandra Shekhar Karki
Image source: Chandra Shekhar Karki

KATHMANDU, Nepal–Currently, the attention of people from every walk of life has been diverted to the August 2 landslide at Jure of Mankha VDC in Sindhupalchowk district, that killed 33 locals, leaving hundred more still missing.

The entire VDC is soaked under grieve in the pain of losing their family members and relatives who were buried by massive landslide.

Survivors say all their belongings including their ancestral property and their earning are swept away by the landslide.

Those who succeeded to save their life are recounting the horrific events of the dreadful disaster while others are worried about the missing ones and loss of the property.

Durgalal Shrestha, one of the victims who lost seven members of his family, including an elder brother, his wife, a nephew, a nice, his mother-in-law, sister-in-law is in profound grief. His octogenarian father, who is in a critical condition, is receiving treatment in a hospital in the Capital Kathmandu.

Shrestha had requested for police help once the landslide took place but was left in helpless situation as no one came to the rescue.

“I made contact with police and informed them about the incident but they said they had passed the message to the concerned authorities,” Shrestha was quoted by Nagrik daily.

Likewise, another victim Samir Shrestha who survived the landslide was in sound sleep when the landslide took place. “I was in sound asleep and I suddenly found myself in the middle of the river,” the 17 years old said.

Samir is the sole survivor in his seven-member family from the landslide. The flood has given deep sorrow for another victim Tara Shrestha who lost her 10-year-old son Prasant.

Tara, who is receiving treatment in a hospital in the Capital, said the screams of her son still echoed in her ears. “His voice calling out mummy, mummy are still echoing in my ears,” she was quoted by myrepublica. According to her, it was so dark and everything happened so suddenly there was no time to think.

Tara, who was half buried in the landslide debris, had somehow managed to rescue another infant Susant, who was also half buried.

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