Large tracts of land submerged in Jhapa

Jhapa, July 24

One person lost his life, two others went missing and hundreds of houses were inundated due to floods following the heavy rainfall in different places of Jhapa district.

Almost all areas in the southern part of the district are inundated.

According to District Police Office Jhapa, Kali Bahadur Limbu, 64, of Goldhap VDC died after he drowned in the flooded Deuriya River two days ago. Police said that Ekendra Khadka, 36, of Gauradaha VDC and Dee Madrdi, 19, of Kumarkhod VDC had gone missing in the same river.

DSP Hari Prasad Sharma said a police team has been deployed to search for the missing youths.

Life has been paralysed after human settlements were inundated due to floods in Mechi, Biring, Mai, Ratuwa, Hadiya and Deuniya rivers in Jhapa.

Flooding in the rivers has inundated Kankai and Damak municipalities, Chakchaki, Gherabari, Shivagunj, Panchgachhi, Kerabari, Goldhap, Prithivinagar, Baniyani. Pathamari, Kechana and Rajgadh among other VDCs in the district.

District Administration Office, Jhapa said that Nepal Police, Nepali Army and Armed Police Force were deployed to the flood affected areas to provide immediate relief materials to flood victims.

The administration further added that the office has been coordinating with Nepal Red Cross Society, Jhapa, to shift the victims to safer places and provide relief materials.

It has been reported that as many as 150 houses were inundated in the district headquarters Bhadrapur, Jhapa, due to floods.

Houses belonging to Shankar Mandal and Ashok Singh of Bhadrapur collapsed due to the heavy rainfall. As many as 200 people of 80 families, household materials and domestic animals, among others, were shifted to safer places with the help of boats.

Inspector Rajan Kumar Neupane of Bhadrapur Ward Police Office said that the rescued victims were kept in Bhadrapur Higher Secondary School after the natural disaster.

In Garamani VDC, Squatters Tole has also been inundated by the flood in local Deuniya River. One dozen houses were submerged after the flooded river entered the human settlements.

Meanwhile, Nepali Army rescued Soniya Limbu and Sushma Rai of Garamani as they were on a tree to protect their lives after the flood entered in their house yard.

Transport service was also obstructed for six hours after water flowed over a culvert along Bhadrapur-Birtamod road section at Harchana.

The flood in Aduwa Khola had also submerged hundreds of shops, houses, offices at wards 6 and 8 in Birtamod, Jhapa.

DSP Sharma said security personnel were deployed to affected areas to rescue flood victims.

Similarly, locals of Balubadi VDC were shifted to safer places after the flood entered their houses at Mahabhara VDC.

As many as 25 households of Chakchaki VDC were shifted toa nearby Teagarden after the flood in Ghagra Khola entered the locals’ houses. Likewise, as many as 42 families were shifted to the under-construction St Xavier school after flood entered their houses.

In Jalthal, 17 households were displaced after a flood in Deuniya Khola entered their houses while 16 houses were submerged in Gherabari and Khayarbari and 50 houses were displaced completely in Squatter Tole of Rajgadh VDC.

A wooden bridge over Kamal Kholathat links Korobari and Mahabhara VDC was also swept away.

Narayan Bahadur Karki, a local teacher, said that as many as 200 households were said to be out of contact after the bridge was swept away.

Transport service was halted in many rural areas of the district after the flood swept away bridges and inundated the road sections.