530 (2011 census). 130 Lingkhim, 400 Saam (2011 census).
Kosi Zone, northern Bhojpur district, Dobhane and Khatamma (Khartangma) VDCs, straddling Irkhuwa river, in Dangmaya, Okharbote, Khartangma, and Dobhane settlements between Phedi and Irkhuwa rivers; Mechi Zone, Ilam district, Phikkal VDC.
8b (Nearly extinct). Language of recognized indigenous nationality: Rai.
Bungla, Sambya, Lingkhim (Lingkhim Kulung, Lingkhim Rai, Linkhim).
Shifting to Nepali [npi]. Some use among older adults.
Almost no study or documentation has been done on the languages spoken in northern Bhojpur district. Another group called Saam may be Kulung [kle]. Hindu, traditional religion.