Phidim, September 11
The recent spell of floods and landslides caused by incessant rainfall in Panchthar yesterday affected hundreds of families in the district.
Swathes of cultivated land along with five water channels and more than 150 water sources have been buried by landslides in Samadin, Phidim Municipality-2. Two bridges on the road stretch have also been washed away.
Ganesh Tumbapo, a local lamented, “Paddy crops that I planted in 20 ropani were swept away, while over 150 kg cardamom ready to be sent to the market was also destroyed.”
Another local Sharada Poudel from Samadin bemoaned, “We were relieved when rains had stopped a few days ago but to no avail. The recent cloudburst has laid waste to crops cultivated with such hard labour.”
A few houses in Phidim have been damaged in the recent spell of disasters, while crops in Phalelung Rural Municipality were also destroyed.
Locals informed that houses in Sisnetar and Kholaghari were also at risk following the landslides.
The district has witnessed displacement of over 200 families due to incidents related to floods and mudslides since the start of monsoon this year.
A version of this article appears in print on September 12, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.