Security men on alert near swollen Rapti

Nepalgunj, July 3:

Banke district chapter of the Natural Disaster Rescue Committee (NDRC) has kept 300 security personnel on alert to minimise casualties in case of a possible flood in the Rapti river, as the level of water has been continuously rising in the river.

Security personnel of Nepal Army, Armed Police Force and Nepal Police are being trained to rescue people swept away by the river and to shift those affected to safer areas.

Some 200 personnel of NA and 100 personnel of APF and Nepal Police had been attending the exercise in Rapti river since yesterday, according to CDO Narendraraj Sharma, who is also the chairman of the committee.

Lt Col Anil Gurung, who was in Banke to inspect the training, said the Nepal Army was committed to help the victims in case of flood.

Superintendent of Police at Banke District Police Office Ghanshyam Bhatt said people across the river should also be kept on alert.

The Ministry of Home Affairs is planning to send emergency relief materials to the district by July 16.

A report from Tikapur said 20 families of Shahipur in Ward No 2 of Tikapur municipality in Kailali have begun to move out from their houses due to the fear of flood in Karnali river.

Kids learn to swim:

Rajbiraj: In a bid to avert heavy loss of life during floods, children in Rampuramhalniya VDC-1 of Saptari are being trained to swim.

Swimming lessons were being given to the children keeping in view with the death of three children during floods in Khando and Koshi rivers in the past, said former ward chairman Saha Dev Mukhiya. He said all children of the ward above the age of five were being given swimming lessons. Every year floods put the village at risk, as there is no outlet for water. — HNS