Nepal | May 29, 2020

Monsoon devastates life across country

Himalayan News Service
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A woman and kids seek safe shelter after heavy rains and lack of proper drainage system inundated their house in Mahakali Municipality, Kanchanpur. Photo: RSS

Nawalparasi/Nepalgunj, July 2

Various parts of the country have been inundated due to incessant rainfall since last night.

More than 100 houses have been inundated in west Nawalparasi. Life has been adversely affected due to floods in Dhanewa of Bardaghat, Janakpur of Sarawal and Pratapur area of the district.

As many as 70 households of Bardaghat Municipality have been displaced due to flooding. A team of security personnel from Area Police Office Bardaghat and Armed Police Force Base Camp Semari has rescued the victims and managed shelter in the women’s group building. Floods gushed into Bhujahawa, Rampur Khadauna, Majhauliya and Badasari of Sarawal as the flooded Gandak Canal didn’t get a proper outlet.

Vehicular movement has been disrupted along the Bardaghat-Baruwa road section as the swollen Khajuri Stream swept away part of the road section.

District Administration Office Nawalparasi has issued a public notice and urged folks living downstream to stay alert. The administration has asked human settlement on the banks of the Narayani River to remain vigilant and alert as the water flow has increased significantly.

Meanwhile, various settlements in Nepalgunj Sub-metropolitan city, Kohalpur Municipality and Baijanath, Khajura, Janaki, Raptisonari, Narainapur and Duduwa rural municipalities have been inundated in Banke. Some houses have collapsed due to inundation. A large number of security personnel have been deployed to intensify rescue operation.

“Around 45 shops in New Road, Martyr Setu BK Chowk, Gharbari Tole, Belaspur, among other locations of Nepalgunj have collapsed in the floods,” said Krishna Prasad Shrestha, a central member of Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industries.

Similarly, dozens of houses have been inundated at Katkuiya, Laxmanpur, Kalaphanta, Narainapur, Matehiya and Gangapur due to floods. “At least members of 15 families have been left in a lurch with flood water gushing into their houses,” said Sahajad Ali Jolah, a local of Katkuiya.

As per Narainapur Rural Municipality, more than 60 houses were damaged when the flood gushed into the settlement.

Transportation has been completely disrupted in various areas across the Rapti from the district headquarters Nepalgunj with floods damaging postal roads. Likewise, Attariya Bazaar and its adjoining areas have been engulfed by floods for want of outlet in Kailali. Mohana and Khutiya Rivers have swollen due to heavy rainfall. The local administration has urged locals downstream and on river banks to stay alert.

Incessant rainfall has inundated the main road of Birgunj, Ramtole, Gahawa, Nagawa, Naya Basti, Buspark Ranighar and areas near the district administration office, among others, in Parsa. Many other settlements have been inundated due to lack of proper drainage in the district.

People of Rautahat are terrified due to the swollen Bagmati and Lal Bakaiya rivers. A team led by Chief District Officer Govinda Rijal comprising district natural disaster management committee officials, reached Inaruwa to evacuate people after the flooded Lalbakaiya River damaged the western embankment of the river at Baudhimai Municipality. As per CDO Rijal, teams of Nepal Police, APF and Nepali Army have been deployed to high disaster-prone areas with necessary safety measures. Likewise, residents on the banks of the Bagmati River also have been urged to remain alert via radio and police offices.

Meanwhile, main marketplaces of Bara namely Kalaiya, Simara, Jitpur, Parwanipur and rural areas also have been inundated due to incessant monsoon rain. Transportation to rural locations has been disrupted.

People living downstream and on river banks of Dudhaura, Balganga, Pasaha and Bakaiya among other areas are worried as the water flow and level has gone sharply up. A truck was swept away by the swollen Dudhaura River along the East-West Highway in Jitpur Simara Sub-metropolis in the district last night.

The chiefs of local levels have urged the denizens of their concerned localities to stay alert after floods were triggered by incessant monsoon rain since last night.

A version of this article appears in print on July 03, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.

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