DHANGADI, July 17
Floods triggered by incessant rainfall for the past two days have displaced as many as 500 families and inundated dozens of houses in Kailali.
According to District Natural Disaster Relief and Rescue Committee, people of Durgauli, Munuwa, Janakinagar, Thapapur, Dhansinghpur, Narayanpur, Pathraiya, Pahalmanpur VDCs, and Tikapur municipality have been displaced due to the floods. They have been taking shelter in various local schools, community buildings and government offices. Kailali Chief District Officer Ram Kumar Shrestha, who is also the Coordinator of District Natural Disaster Relief and Rescue Committee, informed that water level, however, was receding after rains stopped on Friday.
“No human casualty has been reported. Rescue teams were deployed in the danger areas on time,” he said.
The victims said that their settlements were inundated due to the postal roads constructed in the southern border area. Nepali Congress district leader Nrip Bud said that the areas get inundated even after small rains. According to sources, the District Disaster Rescue Committee has started distributing relief to the displaced families from yesterday.
International Red Cross, District Red Cross, Rotary Club, District Development Committee and municipality as well as other non-governmental organisations have also been distributing relief to the victims. However, Asha Ram Chaudhary, a victim of Patharaiya, said that they were facing shortage of food. “Floods swept away all our belongings, including food grains and clothes. We are waiting for relief,” he said.
A version of this article appears in print on July 18, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.