Indian team returns after Koshi trip

Itahari, September 19:

Indian army and technical team returned home today after a study tour of the breached portion of the Saptakoshi river in Sunsari.

The 23-member team led by Indian army Colonel JK Adbharyu and another technical team, which was undertaking a study prior to the former’s arrival, have returned home. Rupam Lama, DSP at the Sunsari District Police Office, said the team returned to India upon completion of the survey.

He said the team was expected to submit reports to the Indian government, suggesting ways to bring the Koshi river back to its original course.

Meanwhile, 375 families displaced by the Koshi river were shifted today to Sunsari’s Jhumka and Laukahi-based camps.

They had been putting up in school and government buildings in the district headquarters, Inaruwa.

People putting up in Inaruwa’s Sunsari Multiple Campus, Bhagwati Secondary School, Sharada Higher Secondary School, Babiya’s Saraswoti Secondary School, Amar Shanti Primary School and Chandbela’s Hari Primary School have been shifted to the newly-built camps.

Following this, District Education Officer Dipak Kafle said classes in the schools and campuses resumed today.

We are concerned about resuming classes in several educational institutions, he said. We plan to move more flood victims to relief camps from school buildings, he said.

Infrastructure will be built in schools to pave the way for resumption of academic activities before Dashain, Kafle said.

Meanwhile, 19 government and 10 non-government organisations working in the health sector in the camps discontinued their operation, saying that there is no more epidemic threat to the flood victims.