Locals in Gaumul Rural Municipality are compelled to risk their lives travelling along a road damaged by floods at Kalche Cliff in Bajura.

Locals said that they were compelled to undertake a very risky journey.

On their way, they have to cross a damaged section of the road that lies between Ward 6 and 2 of the rural municipality.

Rural municipality Chairman Hari Rokaya said that people had to use a wooden ladder to cross the damaged section of the road.

Padam Nepali, a local, said there was very high chance of falling into the Budhiganga River if they slipped while walking on the wooden ladder. He added that the locals were compelled to undertake the risky journey as there was no option. The locals said that they had been taking this risk for many years.

It's a journey fraught with risk as the flood has swept away a large portion of the road.

Gaumul Rural Municipality Ward 1 Chairman Bal Bahadur Rokaya said that carrying goods along the road was even more dangerous.

People of wards 1, 2 and 3 use this road to reach the ward office.

After the flood damaged the road section, the use of animals to carry goods has been banned. People in these areas are facing problems as supply of daily essentials has been stopped for a long time now.

Rural Municipality Chair Rokaya said that it was very difficult to construct the road, and it would take time to construct the road.

A version of this article appears in the print on March 18, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.