The death toll from Thursday’s landslide in Lumle VDC of Kaski district has reached 32 after two more bodies were recovered on Friday (July 31, 2015). According to Republica, the police claim seven people to be still missing.
Landslide triggered by incessant rainfall has affected three VDCs of Kaski — Lumle, Bhadaure Tamagi and Dhikur Pokhari. The landslide debris, which had obstructed the Pokhara-Baglung highway since Wednesday night (July 29, 2015), was cleared on Friday afternoon.
The two deceased have been identified as Siyodhari Devkota, 81 and five-month-old Anjali Sherpa from Lumle VDC-6, informed DSP of Kaski Distric District Police Office, Kedar Rajaure.
According to locals, over a hundred security personnel from Nepal Police, Armed Police Force (APF) and Nepal Army (NA) were mobilized in the landslide hit areas. Rescue efforts were under way throughout Friday.