Nepal | July 23, 2019

Bajura locals fear Budiganga river blockage

Prakash Singh

A view of swollen Budiganga river in Bajura district, on Monday, August 13, 2018. Photo: Prakash Singh

BAJURA: Following incessant rainfall since last week locals fear Budiganga river might be blocked at Dwari in between Bajura’s Budiganga Municipality and Triveni Municipality due to soil erosions and landslides.

Triveni Municipality Mayor Ram Singh Rawat said, “Due to torrential rainfall, landslip has occurred at Paimagaun-9 in the Municipality which has heightened the risk of river blockage.”

Chief District Officer of Bajura, Chet Raj Baral said, “Budiganga river might get blocked at Dwari due to continuous landslide since last week following incessant rainfall in the area.”

There is a high risk that river might be blocked at any time if big stones get stuck in the middle, as two-thirds of the river has already been blocked by the landslides.

“As the danger of river blockage increases, Nepali Army, Police are alerted, locals have been warned and the Home Ministry has been notified,” Baral added.

Likewise, Achham Chief District Officer, Krishna Prasad Acharya said, “DSP-led team from Armed Police Force has returned after inspecting the site. The river can be blocked at any time, so we have asked two locals to be in our regular touch.”

The danger of river blockage has put the nearby arable land, suspension bridge and Saphe-Martardi road section, Tapisera of Bajura and Budabagar and Saphebagar of Achham district at high risk.

Meanwhile, commuters have been barred from using suspension bridges in the district.

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