Sunsari, July 13
Following incessant rainfall in the eastern hilly districts, water level in the Saptakoshi River has been recorded at 270,000 cusec per second, this morning.
The water level measured at 8:00 am was the highest of the year. Of the 56 sluice gates, 30 were opened today as the water flow did not subside, according to Sunsari District Police Office.
With the rise in water level, red light has been switched on at Koshi barrage since Friday. The swelling Saptakoshi has unleashed terror among the people living downstream. Flood in the Saptakoshi River had caused a massive damage in the then Shreepur, Haripur, Laukahi and Madhuban VDCs when the river changed its course and breached the embankment on 18 August 2008.
A version of this article appears in print on July 14, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.