Hundreds of houses in peril in Dhanusha, Mahottari, Siraha

Janakpur/Siraha, August 13

Almost all areas in Dhaunusha, Mahottati and Siraha districts have been inundated due to floods in the rivulets and rivers following incessant rainfall in the districts.

Around 626 houses were inundated and 72 houses were damaged in Dhaunusha. Janakpur Municipal area was completely inundated due to flood in the local Jalad and Dudhmati rivers. People couldn’t move from one place to another in the municipal areas.

The displaced are sheltering in schools and other places. Dhanusha went out of contact after the Kamala River swept away a 33 KVA electricity pole since this morning. Education institutions have been shut down for three days with effect from today.

The District Disaster Rescue Committee said health workers along with sufficient medicines have been deployed in the health centres of flood-affected areas. District Disaster Rescue Committee Dhanusha meeting held today decided to give priority to the rescue operation and provide immediate relief. Chief District Officer Dilip Chapagain said all levels of security have been deployed for rescue and relief in the affected areas. Locals in Dhalkebar, Dhanusha are reeling under acute shortage of drinking water as the drinking water office has inundated and staffers are not able to operate the motor.

Bibek Mahato, a local of Dhalkebar, Mithila Municipality, said locals were suffering due to drinking water shortage as there was no alternative management for the same. As many as 2,000 houses were inundated in 10 municipalities and five rural municipalities of Mahottari due to flood in the Rato, Jangaha, Aankusi and Bigdi rivers. The flood has directly affected Jaleshwor, Matihani, Balawa, Ramgopalpur and Loharpatti municipalities. Around 800 people were displaced. They have been shifted to the local schools.

Police offices and the quarters have also been inundated due to the flood. District police offices, district administration and district court, among other offices, have been inundated. As many as 10 police units of Mahottari have been inundated and the offices are now under four feet of water. SP Kuber Kadayat said that district headquarters Jaleshwor was engulfed by the flood in Ratu Khola. The flood has also damaged the 300-metre dam at Kisannagar of Bardibas Municipality. Vehicular movement was obstructed after Rato Bridge and Jangaha Bridge connecting Mahottari and Dhanusha caved in.

Likewise, 40 families were displaced due to flood in Bocho Khola in Kalyanpur Municipality of Siraha. CDO Shree Krishna Shrestha said displaced families were shifted to locals schools. Ten families of Aaurahi Rural Municipality have also been shifted to safer places. Similarly, Preparation to shift the Musahar settlement of Lahan Municipality to a safer place is under way.