Melamchi, June 27: The deaths resulting from unmanaged high tension wires, weak electric poles and sporadic high voltage waves have climbed to 14 in the last three years in Sindhupalchowk district.
In the current fiscal year alone five persons lost their lives due to electric shocks. On June 25, Phatta Kumari Ghimire, 60, of Sipapokhare VDC – 1 died when the electric line overhead snapped and fell on the field where she was harvesting maize.
The utter negligence on part of the electricity authority has forced the residents of Sindhpalchowk to lose their lives every year for no real reason.
Local teacher, Ganesh Dahal, of Melamchi Municipality – 12 said many lost their lives for no reason at all due to lack of proper management of electric power.
A pedestrian died after 11,000-volt high tension wire snapped on September 9, 2015, said Superintendent of Police (SP) Rabindra KC of District Police Office, Sindhupalchowk.
Likewise, an 11-year-old Abraham Subedi of Phulping Danda died of electric shock while on the road. Dambar Tamang from Bhotesipa area, Somlal Tamang of Hagam and Sarki Bhujel, 50, of Phulping Danda died of electric shock when they unconsciously came in contact with electric poles, the District Police Office data reveals.
During the fiscal year 2071/72, three persons died of electric shock. 19-year-old Anil Tamang of Melamchi Municipality – 2 died after coming into contact with a bare wire dangling from an electric pole. Tamang had come out of his house to relieve himself when the mishap occurred.
Manumaya Tamang, 31, of Melamchi Municipality – 8 died due to a sudden high voltage wave while trying to recharge her mobile phone set. Anjali Nepali of Dhuskun VDC also died of similar electric shock.
In fiscal year 2070/71, six including a child were killed due to electric shock in various villages of the district.
Uma Kanta Lamichane, a local of Talamarang locality, said the residents were living a life of fear as the electric wires and electric poles could give way at anytime, anywhere. RSS