11 dead, 1 missing in Rautahat flash flood

GAUR: At least eleven persons were killed and one went missing in flash flood in Rautahat district recently.

The flood triggered by incessant rainfall for the last four days inundated most houses and displaced thousand of people in the district.

However, the water level has decreased drastically today, said SP Yagya Binod Pokharel at the Rautahat District Police Office.

He further said that the police administration have failed to reach remote villages in the district to distribute relief packages.

The victims have said that they have been deprived of food and drinking water for the last two days.

A parliamentary team had reached Gaur, the district headquarters, to observe the disaster, however, the locals have claimed that they are yet to reach the victims in the remote areas in the district.

The government offices, schools, financial institutions have remained closed for the last few days due to inundation in the areas.

Crops and arable land have been destroyed as it has been covered by sand and pebbles of flash flood.

The settlement areas such as Debahi Gonahi, Katahariya, Durgabhagwati, Ishanath among other Rual Municipality have been inundated in the flood.

Most of the victims are compelled to live in temporary huts along the road.

More than 80 percent of Rauthat is inundated as the flood gushed into human settlement after Lal Bakiya River embankment collapsed.

Gaur and its adjourning places inundate during heavy rainfall as river and rivulets flowing south are blocked by dams constructed east-west by India.

So far, at least 66 people have lost their lives and more than three dozen others are reported missing in landslide and flood across the nation.

The East-West Highway is yet to resume after the bridge was swept away by flood in Dang district.