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4 dead as mound of earth caves in at Arun III project site

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SANKHUWASABHA — Four people were killed when a mound of earth caved in as they were working on tunnel construction of the Arun III Hydropower Project based in Sankhuwasabha district, last night.

Among the victims of the tragic incident that took place at around 8:45 pm at Phaksinda of Makalu Rural Municipality, two were Nepalis and two Indians, according to Deputy Superintendent of Police, Shyam Kumar Saru Magar.

The deceased have been identified as Pradeep Shahi of Siuna Rural Municipality-4 in Kalikot, Prem Pariyar of Chandannath Municipality-1 in Jumla, Budhan Munda from Jharkhand, India, and Nanda Kishore from Bihar, India.

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Shahi and Pariyar were manual workers while Munda was operator and Nanda Kishore was hired as electrician for the project.

Security personnel with the help of locals were trying to retrieve the bodies from the debris. However, continuous rains have affected the efforts.

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2 killed, 5 injured in tractor accident

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HETAUDA — Two persons were killed and five others were seriously injured after a tractor fell off the road last evening at Panchpandav village in Bagmati Rural Municipality-4, Makawanpur.

Police said that 50-year-olds Hem Kumar Shrestha and Bakhat Rai of Hariharpur Rural Municipality in Sindhuli district lost their lives in the fatal accident.

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Shrestha died on the spot while Rai breathed his last on the way to a hospital in Hetauda, police added. The tractor (Na 6 Ta 442) was heading to Sindhuli district from Phawarbari in Makawanpur by supplying construction materials.

Those seriously hurt in the incident are Shivamaya Magar, Shakti Rai, Mohan Rai, Krishna Rai and Tilak Rai. The incident site is near Makawanpur-Sindhuli border along Dharan-Chatara road section.

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