Nine-year old Akash Bahadur Praja lost his entire 13-member family to a landslide on 22 July. Both his parents, grandfather, three brothers and seven sisters were swept away in Bhaisirang Danda after three days of incessant rainfall. Akash himself was 200 m below where his home used to be, when Ratna Man Praja from a neighbouring village carried him in a doko for two days to Manhari, the nearest place where medical help was available.
The child, who can speak only his native Chepang, has been demanding that he be sent back to his home and family. His only solace at the health post is a distant uncle Sigh Bahadur Praja, who is also there, being treated for injuries he sustained in a landslide. The child does not know the fate of the rest of his family. Sigh Bahadur has managed to convince Akash so far that they will be able to return home when their wounds heal.
On the fateful night of 22 July, 42 people were killed at Devitar of Kakada VDC in addition to Akash's family. Kakada VDC is inhabited mostly by Chepangs, and of the 63 killed in the village, 34 are Chepang.