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Six Indian, Chinese nationals of Melamchi Drinking Water Project go missing



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By Mukunda Gaire, Kathmandu, June 16: A total of six labourers, three Indian and Chinese nationals each, working at Melamchi Drinking Water Project have gone missing in the Melamchi River flood.

Rajendra Panta, spokesperson at the Melamchi Drinking Water Development Committee, said, "The camp in Ambathan where the labourers were residing was swept away by the flood. Since then, they have gone missing."

The missing people have been identified as Kamal Lochan Mahato, Project Manager, welders Bijay Basumantary and Gindao Basumantary and Chinese nationals Sun You Chuan, Yu Tie Zhu and Gong Tianxiao.

The Project informed that the search operation was going on in full swing.

Meanwhile, the Melamchi flood has also damaged the main dam and other temporary structures of the project.

According to the Drinking Water Development Committee, the flood had washed off the project's labour camp and had buried the headbox.

"Upon inspecting the flooded area via helicopter, the headbox was found to be buried while the bridge over Ambathan has also been destructed," said Panta, adding that the flood had caused loss worth billions to the project.