Rain, flood throw lives out of gear

POKHARA: Normal lives in Gandaki and Dhaulagiri have been thrown out of gear as incessant rainfall hit the region since three days without any signs of receding.

Earlier on Wednesday, two persons died in Syangja in a landslide.

Salimaya Chhetri, 55, of Siranchock in Syangja's Bangefadke, 9 were buried alive by a debris. They have gone to fetch fodder for the cattle.

Mina Karki, 13, of Bichari Chautara was swept by a river.

Locals said the floodgates at the Setibeni Reservoir had been let loose that caused the inundation in the village, displacing 20 families.

Likewise, three make-shift wooden bridges were swept away by swollen rivers in Manang. District Police Office Manang said transportation came to a grinding halt after the bridges of Dharapani's Nigalaghari, Bagarchhap's Danakyu and Chame's Chhitipur were swept away. Many tourists - domestic and foreign - have been stranded on virtually on the road as rain would refuse to subside.

Tourists sheltering in the temporary tents elsewhere in the countryside, have rushed to fill up almost all hotels and lodges.

Reports pouring in from Gorkha said, property worth Rs 40,000 has been damaged when a house belonging to Mohan Chital in Kharikot collapsed.

Police said the roads to Arughat, Borlang, Fujel, Bhaluswara, among others in the district, have been damaged badly.

Meanwhile, in Parbat, the obstructions along the Bhupi Sherchan highway has been removed for vehicles plying by, police said.

Normal flight schedules from Pokhara were also upset as the famous tourist city saw unprecedented rainfall measuring 127 milliliter on Wednesday. Chief of Narayani Basin Office Pokhara Bikram Shrestha said the East and West of the country have been affected the most by retreating monsoon coming from Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bangal. He said it would take two more days for the monsoon to stop. Meanwhile, the French tourist who was killed on Wednesday could not be airlifted to Kathmandu due to bad weather.

Gwenoel Cadreara, 27, had died after a boulder falling from a cliff hit him. He was heading to Manang's Nar on Wednesday, zonal police office in Gandaki, reported. Cadreara's body has been kept at district hospital Manang.

Unavailability of doctors has put off the postmortem as well, police added.