14,500 (2011 census), decreasing. No monolinguals. Ethnic population: 20,000.
Kosi zone: Sankhuwasabha district, Tungkhaling village; Sunsari district, Dharan; Mechi zone: Ilam district, Mai Pokhari, Pang, and Sumbek villages; Sagarmatha zone: Khotang district, Buipa and Kharmi villages; Solukhumbu district, Basa, Buksa, Jubing, Kanku, Phuleli, and Waku villages.
6a (Vigorous). Language of recognized indigenous nationality: Rai.
SOV; postpositions; adjectives, numerals, relatives before noun heads; content q-word initial; no noun classes or genders; 1 prefix, up to 2 suffixes; clause constituents indicated by case-marking; affixes indicate case of noun phrase; verbal affixation marks person and number of subject—obligatory; ergative; causatives; comparatives; passives and voice; CV, V, CCCV; nontonal; 23 consonant and 9 vowel phonemes.
Devanagari script [Deva].
Traditional religion, Christian, Hindu.