Floods in Bhotekoshi wreak havoc

Over 200 houses in Tatopani were washed away in the floods

Kavre, July 6

Flood in the Bhote Koshi River triggered by heavy rains across the border in China wreaked havoc by sweeping over two dozen houses at Tatopani VDC in Sindhupalchowk yesterday night.

More than 200 houses are at high risk of floods in the vicinity.

Over 200 houses from Tatopani VDC’s Larcha to Liping located on the banks of the river were washed away.

Locals had fled to safety after the houses started to cave in due to erosion by the flood water. Sindhupalchowk DAO said that no human casualty was reported in the incident.

Border Police Office Larcha said erosion by the River has put as many as 200 houses at high risk. The rain-fed river has washed away 50 metres black-topped road at Kodari along the Araniko Highway.

According to Border Police Office, the flood swept away Mansarobar Boarding School and washed away 50 per cent of a dam of the Upper Bhotekoshi Hydro Project at 10-kilo. Locals say that flood might cause more damage as the rain has not ceased.

Inspector Raju Pandey at Area Police Office Barhabishe said that water level in the river was normal compared to the past. Land erosion and muddy soil have blocked the road by disrupting vehicular movement from Barhabishe to Tatopani.

Similarly, the flood has swept away a canteen and two tippers of Tatopani Customs Office.

The flood has eroded 50 metres of road along the Araniko Highway at Jambo. Landslides have also damaged the road at many places.

Sindhupalchowk CDO Gokarnamani Duwadi said that water flow in the river had become normal and no human casualty was reported so far.