Minister monitors flood-hit Saptari villages

RAJBIRAJ: Minister for Irrigation Umesh Kumar Yadav on Sunday arrived in Saptari district to monitor areas in the district largely affected by floods induced by the incessant rainfall over the past few days.

Minister Yadav, also the lawmaker representing Saptari-3 in the Parliament, inspected effects of floods in Sakarpura, Rampur Malahaniya, Tilathi and other flood-hit areas.

Yadav assured the locals of speedy works to control the flood risk on the Khando riverbanks and asked them to remain cautious and safe.

Yadav said the locals would soon breathe a sigh of relief from floods as a procedure to construct embankments along the Khando River from Tilathi to Dighawa had already been initiated, adding that sufficient budget had been allocated to save the district headquarters.

The floods in the district have made daily life difficult for the locals as several properties have also been swept away.

The floods have damaged diversions at Tilathi along the Rajbiraj-Kunauli road section leading to an obstruction in the transportation.

Meanwhile, a two-kilometre section along the Tilathi-Hanumannagar road has been swept away in the flood after incessant rainfall.

As many as 125 houses in Sakarpura VDC have been inundated by the flood.

According to Saptari District Police Office, the floods overwhelmed the embankments in the village and inundated 5 bighahas of land.

Meanwhile, floods in Sundari and Mahuli rivers have swept away 20 metres of Chandra Canal, Nepal's oldest canal in Saptakoshi Municipality, said Prasunna Mishra, Division Chief of Koshi Pump-Chandra Canal Irrigation Management Division.