Rautahat gripped with fear of floods

Rautahat, July 1

With the beginning of the monsoon, Rautahat denizens are living in fear of floods, which they face every year during rainy season.

Locals are terrified, especially, after the Department of Meteorology forecast heavy and incessant rainfall for the next two to three days. Hundreds of families were displaced while as many as 17 persons lost their lives due to massive floods in the Bagmati and Lalbakaiya rivers last year.

Floods had damaged the embankment at 31 different places along those rivers last year. Many of the embankments along the rivers are yet to be repaired. “Dozens of human settlements in Laxmipur of Gadhimai Municipality and villages of Gaur Municipality are at high risk of floods and other calamities.

Monsoon has already started but nobody seems to be bothered about the need to repair the embankments,” said Rabindra Sahani of Samanpur.

“The embankment damaged by Lalbakaiya River at Tikuliya of Gaur Municipality is yet to be repaired. Various settlements, including district headquarters, are most likely to be inundated if the area witnesses heavy rainfall as it did last year,” said Shambhu Singh Supreme of Bramhapuri.

Chief of Water Induced Disaster and River Control Division Office in Parwanipur Raj Kumar Srivastava said they were unable to repair the damaged embankment due to the budget crunch. He, however, said that they had lately started the repairs.

Meanwhile, District Disaster Management Committee Coordinator and Chief District Officer Govinda Prasad Rijal said his office had already directed Water Induced Disaster Office to repair the damaged embankments at the earliest. “Repairs of the damaged embankments are under way. However, I would like to urge people living on the banks of the rivers to stay on high alert,” said CDO Rijal. He said that disaster management committee was ready to extend necessary support to victims in case of floods.