Landslides displace 118 families in rural Bajura, Nepal

badimalika bajura landslide
A landslide poses threat to houses in Rajali, Badimalika Municipality-9 of Bajura district, in July 2016. Photo: Prakash Singh
As many as 118 families have been displaced in a week due to landslides triggered by incessant rainfall in Badimalika Municipality of Bajura.
The local families have been moved to safer places after the land began to develop cracks in different places at Jilli and Rajali of the municipality. According to District Disaster Rescue Committee, Bajura, Badimalika Municipality is at high risk of landslides.
The landslides displaced 32 families of Shergaun, 15 of Bathanlek, nine of Kaurej, two of Rajali and 60 of Jilli while hundreds of other families are still living in landslide-prone areas.
A victim, Dev Bahadur BK, of Rajali said the victims have been taking shelter on high ground and under makeshift tents after they were displaced by the landslides.
He added that some of the families have been taking shelter in a local Khalibhitta Primary School.
Coordinator at Bajura DDRC and Chief District Officer of Bajura, Bhoj Raj Shrestha, said preparations to distribute relief materials to the victims were under way. “We have been collecting relief materials for the victims,” he informed.
CDO Shrestha added that a team from Nepali Army, Nepal Police and representatives of the local political parties led by Red Cross Society has been deployed to the affected areas for construction of temporary huts and tents.
Meanwhile, the victims slammed the concerned authorities for failing to provide relief although almost a week has elapsed since they were displaced.
DSP Dal Bahadur Bogati, of Bajura District Police Office, said the victims were dissatisfied as although police collected details of the victims, no relief was provided to them. The local political leaders have suggested to Bajura DDRC to relocate the victims to safer areas.
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