PM expresses grief over workers’ death in Surkhet

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Thursday expressed sadness over the demise of five construction workers who were killed in a mud mound collapse in Jhyangjhyange of Ghatgaun-6 in Surkhet district on Tuesday.

Man Bahadur Shahi (58) from Ghatgaun-7, Krishna Bahadur BK (40), Man Dholi (46) and Prasad BK (53) from Tatapani-6 of Surkhet and Mahesh BK (25) from Barulla of Achham were buried to death while they were constructing an irrigation canal.

The deceased have been taking shelter at the Galfa Camp of Surkhet after their houses were swept away by a landslide in July, 2014 and have been working as labourers to lead a hand-to-mouth existence in the district.

Police had recovered a body of the worker from the construction site yesterday and other four bodies are yet to be found.

Issuing a statement today, PM Koirala wished for eternal peace to the departed souls and extended heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members.

In Nepal many workers lost their lives while working due to lack of proper security management in the construction sites, the statement read.

The government has been trying it best to create proper security in the fields of business, construction, agriculture, tourism and transportation among others. Koirala urged all the concerned authorities to work sincerely for the same.

He assured the victims’ family that the government will provide them compensation at the earliest.