Monsoon-fed river floods Pokhara village, 12 houses buried

POKHARA: As many as 12 houses were destroyed after a monsoon-fed river flooded a village in Rivan area of Machhapuchhre Rural Municipality-5 in Kaski district on Tuesday night.

The boulders carried by the flood deposited in Bakhre Khahare village burying the houses and sweeping away domestic animals including a cow, four goats as well as 225 chickens belonging to Prabin Lamichane, at around 10:00 pm yesterday, according to Assistant Sub Inspector of Police (ASI) Bil Bahadur Thapa at Ghachok-based Police Post.

No human casualties have been reported as the villagers stayed awake and fully alert last night, said police. They evacuated the village as soon as the flood started to enter the village, police said.

The debris from the flooded river has buried the houses about two metres above the ground. The houses belonging to Devi Lal Lamichane, Prabin Lamichane, Janga Bahadur BK, Khau Maya BK, Nar Bahadur BK, Kamala Pariyar, Ganga Bahadur BK, Rajman Biswokarma, Prem Bahadur BK, Mik Lal  Dhital, Dina Nath Paudel, Ganga Devi Acharya have been buried, informed ASI Thapa after visiting the incident site. He said only the roofs of the houses were visible.

The Flood has also damaged two motorable bridges and swept away number of electricity poles in Humdi.

The displaced families are taking shelters in the neighbouring villages while the able bodied persons are collecting their valuables from the debris since the flood subsided this morning.

Security personnel from Ghachok-based Police Post reached the incident site this morning while additional teams from the District Police Office and the Pokhara-based Ward Police Office are on the way, informed the DPO..

Meanwhile, the flooded river has also moved into the Mardi River clouding the source of drinking water in Pokhara.

The incident site is a northern 20-kilometre uptown Pokhara.