Several Saptari villages flooded again

Rajbiraj, August 16:

Floodwater from the Khando river entered Sakarpur and Rampuramahalniya village development committees of Saptari district, inundating the VDCs once again.

Floodwater overwhelmed the village as the swollen river caused the collapse of the Bhim dam, which had been damaged two weeks ago.

Flooding in the river had caused inundation in the two VDCs only two weeks ago and displaced some 1,000 families.

Flooding occurred today as the dam could not be repaired due to the lack of construction materials and funds, a local of Sakarpur, Kailu Sada, said.

All houses in the Dalit settlement in Sakarpur had been inundated, he further said.

“We were ready to toil for repairing the dam, but the repair work could not be carried out due to non-cooperation on the part of the local body and the local administration,” Ugrakant Jha of the Dam Construction Committee said.

The District Natural Disaster Relief Committee had provided 500 empty sacks, 45 coils of galvanised wire and 10 quintals of rice for the maintenance of the dam three weeks ago, but the repair work could not be carried out due to shortage of funds, Jha further said.

“Relief materials were distributed to flood victims on the basis of damages caused to them,” Saptari Chief District Officer Himnath Dawadi said.

Over 100 flood victims in the two VDCs in the district have been suffering from dysentery, fever and common cold.