Ralang, September 3, 2012:
The torrential overnight rain resulted massive landslide at Manzik, Ravangla Sub division around midnight. The rain washed away a house belonging to Chandra Bahadur Chettri (65) further claiming his life along with the lives of his wife Hem Kumari Chettri (55), daughters Duka Devi Chettri (12) and Tika Devi Chettri and one Lall Bahadur Rai (15), a friend of his son Devi Lall Chettri (17) who came to stay for the night. However, the deceased’s son was lucky enough to survive nature’s wrath.
Injured Devi Lall is now being treated at the Namchi District hospital and his condition is reported to be critical. The boulder hit has left Devi Lall with a broken thigh bone (left). Looking at the condition doctors presume that his intestine might have also slit. However, the assumptions shall be correct only after the ultrasound which will be conducted tomorrow.
As per the information received from the SDPO Ravangla, along with Chettri’s house 3 more houses have been collapsed due to the rain. The landslide further, is posing threat to 3 more houses of the neighborhood, hence the respective families have been shifted to safer places.
The area MLA of Barfung- Jarong Constituency, Sonam Gyatso Bhutia on behalf on District Administration South granted immediate relief of Rs 2lakhs to the relatives of deceased Chandra Bahadur Chettri and Rs 1lakh to Lall Bahadur Rai’s family. The remaining relief amount will be distributed tomorrow, informed the SDPO. The landslide has also caused damage to livestock and agriculture.