Nepal quake victims living in constant fear of landslides

CHITWAN - Even as life in several hilly areas of Chitwan district is limping towards normalcy following the devastating earthquake of April 25, the threat of landslip in the area still looms large.

Locals of Darechowk have informed that there were several minor and major landslips in nine hill VDCs in the district. They said massive landslides have been witnessed in Darechowk.

Narayan Adhikari of Darechwok-7 said that the majority of hills have developed deep cracks after the earthquake. And the series of subsequent aftershocks have greatly weakened the hills, because of which landslips have started to occur regularly. "We have started to witness landslips every other day", said Adhikari.

Likewise, Kumari BK, 82, of Darechowk-3, who is currently residing in the cow shed, said they are living in constant fear of massive landslide in the area. BK said she had never observed landslips during the dry season till now.

Similarly, one Krishna Gurung, a local villager, said they have been left with no alternative but to leave their homes and move elsewhere. Gurung said that the concerned authorities should pay attention regarding the serious problem they are facing.

Meanwhile, Bharat Kumar Acharya, an engineer at the Bharatpur sub metropolis, said all the earthquake affected areas in the district should be geologically studied to minimise threat of landslide.