Nepal Electricity Authority could not resume power supply that was obstructed due to floods and landslides in three hilly districts of Sudurpaschim.

According to NEA, Attariya, the service was obstructed due to floods and landslides in Achham, Bajura and Bajhang. Jagadis Chandra Bhatt, chief at the office, said electricity service would resume within one to two days in Achham and Bajura. "It will take some more days to resume the service in Bajhang," he added.

Bhatta said that landslides destroyed more than 40 utility poles of the 33 kv transmission line from Bagthala to Chainpur, Bajhang. "We have started repair works and it will take some more days to resume power supply in Chainpur of Bajhang," he added.

The NEA said that electricity service would be resumed in the hilly districts within some days. The NEA added that the service had come into operation in the headquarters of Baitadi, Doti, Dadeldhura, Darchula. The locals in the districts have been facing this problem every monsoon. The NEA had taken time to resolve the problems earlier.

The unseasonal rainfall for three days from last Sunday had obstructed electricity supply.

Bhoj Raj Awasti, a local of Gannyapdhura Rural Municipality in Dadeldhura, said there was no electricity service in rural areas.

He said they were compelled to go to the district headquarters to charge their mobile phones. "Telephone service has also been obstructed due to lack of electricity," he added.

Awasti said that most of the mobiles were also dysfunctional due to power outage in the rural areas.

Tul Bahadur Kunwar at Sanphebagar, Achham said the villagers faced additional pain at the time when the disaster hit them.

Journalist in Bajhang Arthajung Shahi said the whole district was in darkness. He said that most of the roads were obstructed. Details of the damage are yet to be collected. Repair works have also been affected as landslides damaged the highway.

A version of this article appears in the print on October 26, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.