Badal finds culprit in overflowing dams

KATHMANDU: General secretary of Unified CPN Maoist Ram Bahadur Thapa ‘Badal’ today blamed Kailashpuri and Banbasa dams for triggering the floods in Kailali and Kanchanpur.

“We have two reasons for the perennial loss of human and material properties - one being the feudal governance system and the other unequal treaties with India,” he said.

He was addressing a

function organised by the Campaign for the Support of Far-west Flood and Lanslides Victims (CSFLV) at the party office in Paris Danda of Koteswor.

Maoist politburo member and convener of the CSFLV Lekhraj Bhatta said as many as 32 rivers have been blocked due to the dams.

Thapa, meanwhile, said Peoples’ Liberation Army has provided Rs 300,000 as the preliminary effort for the victims of floods and landslides and mobilised hundreds of PLAs in the rescue mission.

“The party has directed all its committees and sister organisations to actively involve in the rescue operations,” he said. “We have requested all our members of the Constituent Assembly to donate Rs 1,000 each for the victims from which Rs 238,000 has already been collected,” he added.

The Maoist leaders hinted at unequal water treaty between Nepal and India as one of the primary causes for the disaster. They maintained that it was not natural but man-made. The Maoists also used the occasion to remind that the nation has become a hostage to foreign powers.