110 hotels inundated in Sauraha,

CHITWAN: Floods triggered by the torrential rainfall for the last three days have wrecked havoc and inundated at least 110 hotels in Sauraha of Chitwan recently.

Many hotels around Chitwan National Park in Sauraha, Jagatpur, Patihani and Megauli were submerged leaving many domestic and international tourists stranded in the area, police said.

However, no human casualty has been reported so far in the tourist hub area in the district.

Regional Hotel Association Sauraha Chairperson Suman Ghimire said that at least 110 hotels were affected and rescue operations by the security personnel is being carried out.

He further said that some of the tourists were rescued by elephants, rafting boats and relocated to other hotels in Narayangard.

Some of the tourists stayed back after the water level went down in the area, added Ghimire.

SP Deepak Thapa at the Chitwan District Police Office said that the Sauraha witnessed inundation after 2003 disaster.

He also said that police post which was submerged and badly affected by the flood at Sauraha was relocated after the incident.

Flooded Rapti river had gushed into the touristic area yesterday night causing massive damage to the hotelier. Most of the hostels ground floor are filled with sand and pebbles, according to police.

Similarly, Eastern Chitwan, Khairahani, Parsa Bhandara, Ratnanagar have been inundated as flooded Rapti, Kayarkhola, Ladari and Pamphakhola gushed into the human settlement areas.

SP Thapa said that people residing around the river banks have been relocated to safer places in the district.

Likewise, police have also appealed the locals residing at Narayani, Rapti, Reu to remain alert.

Meanwhile, at least 365 children were rescued by a helicopter from a Children's home in the district.

Chitwan District Administration Officer Narayan Prasad Bhatta said they were rescued after the Rapti river changed its course and entered into the children's home.

Currently, they are taking shelter at a local school in the area.