Landslide victims sheltering at school, classes halted


Himalayan News Service

Bajura: Teaching-learning activities in Kudikot Foundation School have been adversely affected from Sunday after the displaced landslide victims started taking shelter in the school at Budhiganga Municipality in Bajura. 

As many as 100 families were displaced due to landslides following incessant rain. 

Rajendra Pari, a teacher, said the landslide victims had been shifted to the school after locals of the entire village were displaced. There are six rooms in the school. The victims have even been sitting on the ground due to lack of room. “The victims have also kept their cattle on the school ground,” said Pari, adding that teaching-learning activities in the school had completely halted. As many as 122 students up to grade V are studying in the school.

The landslide victims said that it was very difficult to stay in the crowded classrooms. “We will stay in another place if the government provides tents,” they added. The victims further said that they were compelled to take shelter in the school as there was no other option. 

Hari Pari, a victim, said that they needed safety first than study. He said that the victims have been facing problems getting drinking water, place for toilet and for cooking. They also said that different diseases might spread due in crowded conditions. 

Meanwhile, Mayor Dipak Bikram Shah of Budhiganga Municipality said that it was very difficult to manage relief as a large number of victims had been displaced. He said that the victims should be shifted to another place.