530 (2011 census). 130 Lingkhim, 400 Saam (2011 census).
Kosi zone: north Bhojpur district, Dobhane and Khatamma (Khartangma) VDCs, Dangmaya, Dobhane, Khartangma, and Okharbote settlements straddling Irkhuwa river; 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.