POKHARA: Rainfed Seti River on Tuesday night wreaked havoc at Yamdi of Hemja VDC leaving Pokhara-Baglung Highway, Bal Kalyan Primary School and more than 150 houses at flood risk.
Nine houses were displaced when floodwaters of the Seti gushed into Yamdi ten days ago. Seti Gandaki Flood Victim Concern Committee on Wednesday obstructed traffic movement along Pokhara-Baglung Highway accusing the local administration of being apathetic to their problems.
The concern committee has demanded that flood water be controlled at the earliest to avert a looming disaster.
Committee Treasurer Baburam Adhikary said that they were compelled to obstruct the vehicular movement after their pleas to construct embankment fell on deaf ears.
Adhikary said that 15 households were displaced at Gajareghat of Hemja after floodwaters gushed into the area on Tuesday night. Floodwaters have destroyed the compound of the Bal Kalyan Primary School and swept away water pipeline.
Similarly, floodwaters in Seti put 30 households of Yamdi, 25 of Lamachaur, 30 of Masinbagar and 100 houses of Laltin Bazaar on flood peril.
The concern committee said that they would not allow the District Development Committee to extract sand from Hemjaghat and Gajareghat.
Kaski CDO Chetnath Bhattarai, however, said efforts to change Seti’s course was underway. He said his office had informed locals living on the banks of Seti River not to desert the Seti banks at night.
Hemja VDC secretary Bharat Paudel said endeavors to control the flood had been halted as the water level in Seti had not receded.