Dozens of villages inundated in Rautahat

RAUTAHAT: Floods caused by incessant rainfall for the past three days have inundated more than a dozen villages in Rautahat district.

The incessant downpour has swollen Bagmati River including local rivers; Lal Bakaiya, Jhanjhekhola, Chameli and Gujra.

The floodwater inundated several villages in Chandrapur Municipality-1, on Friday midnight, according to Chandilaska-based Area Police Office in the district.

The floods have also affected the transportation in the area.  The vehicular movement along the Gaur-Chandrapur road section has been halted after the flood logged onto road up to 1 metre height at Matsari in Durgabhagawati Rural Municipality today.

The electric power supply has been cut in the district to ensure the safety after an electric pole fell down due to the flood caused by the torrential rain, police said.

No human casualties have been reported.

Moreover, the vehicular movement along the East-west Highway has been disrupted after the water from flooded rivers logged across a causeway in Chandrapur Municipality in the district.

The flooded water has reached the height of around 1.5 metres along the highway disrupting the transportation, the District Administration Office (DAO) informed.

It has been learned that a jeep and a passenger bus had got stuck in the flood while crossing the causeway.

All 16 of the sluice gates of the Karmaiya-based Bagmati Barrage under the Bagmati Irrigation Project, have been opened to let the water flow.

Locals said that it was the first time they witnessed such a torrential rainfall in the district in 24 years.

Meanwhile, the DAO has alerted the general public through local radio stations to stay away from the rivers. Also, police personnel have been deployed to monitor the situations and help locals, Superintendent of Police Yagya Binod Pokharel at the District Police Office, Gaur informed.