Rain disrupts traffic

CHITWAN: Landslide in the Phislingtar and Mauwakhola road section triggered by incessant rainfall disrupted traffic in the Prithvi Highway for eight hours. Workers at the site managed to open a one-way traffic at 12 am that was again stopped at four on Thursday morning. According to engineer Prakash Upadhyaya of Road Division Office, (RDO) Bharatpur, boulders that fell on the road caused the disruption. The RDO stated traffic was smooth after the road has been cleared of the boulders. — HNS

10 die of gastro-enteritis KALIKOT: A total of 10 people including children have died of gastro-enteritis in Badarkot VDC within the past four days. Around 200 people have been affected by the disease in Ward Nos 4 to 9 and medicine in the village is scarce, said a local, Anipal Shah, who had come to the district headquarters for treatment. Preparation is underway to send a medical team to the affected village, vice chairman of the DDC Kashi Chandra Neupane said. — RSS

Villages inundated

RAUTAHAT: About a dozen VDCs of the district are submerged in floodwater from the Bagmati and Lalbakaiya rivers following incessant rains for the past few days. Samanpur, Tharampur, Biprarajbada, Basantpur, Gadhau, Brahmapuro, Rajdevi VDCs of constituency No 1 are waterlogged due to flood in the Bagmati, district police office stated. Vehicular movement in the long and short routes has been halted from Thursday morning due to waterlogging, it is learnt. — RSS

Maoists detain scribe

DAILEKH: Armed Maoists are detaining chairman of Dailekh Bazaar Drinking Water Project and reporter of Radio Nepal, Dekendra Raj Thapa, for the past two weeks. A group of armed Maoists called Thapa on June 25 saying that they had to discuss matters regarding the drinking water project with him. Thapa was taken to Naumule and is under captivity since then. Maoists had cut drinking water pipes in Kalekhola, 18 km away from the district headquarters, and obstructed supply of drinking water in the district headquarters for about two months. — RSS