2 missing, 1,000 houses submerged in Parsa flash flood

BIRGUNJ: Two persons including an Indian National have been reported missing in flash flood triggered by torrential rainfall for the last three days in the district.

As many as 1000 houses have been submerged after the local rivulets changed course and gushed into the human settlement, according to police.

SP Chakra Bahadur Joshi at the Parsa District Police Office said, 50-year-old Munni Mahato and 55-year-old Ram Sworup Majhi of India were reported missing in the incident.

Mahoto who had gone to graze his cattle was swept away by Owariya rivulet and Majhi disappeared in Kheshra rivulet at Pakahamainpur in the district, according to SP Joshi.

Joshi further said search operations have been launched to find the missing duo.

Assistant Chief District Officer of Parsa Durga Dutta Paudel said security personnel have been mobilised to carry out rescue and relief operations in the flood affected areas in the district.

The normal lives in the district have been badly affected in the area as the flash flood gushed into the human settlement in Jhakara Mashihani, Jagarnathpur, Mudali, Langadi, Dhobini, Viswa, Dasauta, Budgai, Laxmipur among others in the district.

Meanwhile, hundreds of house have been inundated by flash flood in rural areas such as Tiwale, Sirsiya, Gangole, Dhulaura, Bhaluwi, Owariya, Dhonghi, Bhedeha Fanti and crops have been completely destroyed in the disaster, according to police.

Similarly, the vehicular movement along the roads in the districts have been halted as the roads are inundated by flood as Gandak cannal was damaged in two places.

The rise of water level in Sirsiya gushed into Birgunj Metropolitan System drainage system, constructed under the assistance of Asian Development Bank at an estimated cost of Rs 3 billion.

The local political parties and its cadres have distributed relief items and carrying out rescue operation in coordination with the security agencies in the flood hit areas.

However, the government have intensified their rescue operations and Home Minister Janardhan Sharma has formed a central command post to intensify rescue operation in the hard hit areas.

So far, more than 49 people have lost their lives and more than 3 dozen are reported missing and hundreds of people have been displaced and property worth Rs millions have been damaged in the landslide and flood in the past couple days.