Life has been badly affected due to incessant rainfall in Jhapa.

Human settlements have been inundated and are now also at high risk as the water level in the local rivers have increased.

The local levels in the southern part of the district have been facing the problem of inundation and encroachment among others.

According to Jhapa District Police Office, as many as twelve houses were inundated due to heavy rainfall in ward 5 of Jhapa Rural Municipality.

DSP Rakesh Thapa said that the houses and the surrounding areas were inundated with up to two feet of rainwater. He said that the families were shifted to Mahendra Secondary School. DSP Thapa said that a police team deployed from Saranamati Police Post reached the site and has been coordinating with the authority concerned to give the rainwater an outlet.

Similarly, the flooded Mai River has also encroached the land in Gauriganj Rural Municipality-based Rangiyathan.

DSP Thapa said that the river was flowing over the 35 to 40-metre dam and water had gushed into the fields of local farmers. Police said as many as 80 to 90 houses at Mahabhara and Kunjibari might have been inundated if it had continued to rain further. Meanwhile, District Disaster Management Committee has deployed volunteers to collect details of the damage from all wards in the district.

Member of the committee Lok Raj Dhakal said that the water level in Mai, Kankai, Mawa, Deuniya, Hadiya and Aduwa among other rivers had increased due to continuous rainfall in the last few days.

A version of this article appears in the print on August 29 2021, of The Himalayan Times.