Rains sweep away bridge, forcing Darchula school to put off exam

DARCHULA: A school was forced to postpone the exam scheduled for today after a bridge over Naugadh River in Naugadh Rural Municipality-6 of Darchula district was swept away by the flood triggered by torrential rains.

The wooden bridge was swept away in the flooding leaving students of local Janahit Secondary School with no options other than crossing the swollen river that risks their lives to reach the school, said school assistant principal Prem Singh Thagunna.

The water-level in the river increased all of a sudden, washing away the bridge, said local Bahadur Singh Thagunna who witnessed the incident.

Presently, the first-terminal examinations are underway at the school which decided to postpone the today's paper bearing in mind the adverse situation. It seemed no possibility for 150 students to attend the today's paper due to flooding, the school said.

The flooded river has continued damaging maize crops and eroding the soil.

Meanwhile, landslides occurred in various places in Dethala-Dhuligadha road section halting the traffic along the route.

Darchula, the province 7 district has been witnessing sunny days and heavy rains at night for the past couple of days.