Several villages inundated in Saptari district

Rajbiraj, August 11

Floods caused by incessant rainfall for the past three days have inundated more than a dozen villages in Saptari.

Floodwater at Bhediya, Deuri Bharuwa and Biraul embankments has submerged more than 400 houses. Continuous rainfall in the district has hit the life hard.

The swollen Khando and Jita rivers have kept Sakarpura, Tilathi, Koiladi, Biraul, Deuri Bharuwa, Bhediya, barahi Birpur, Launiya villages under water.

Flood victims said flooding in Ward No 2, 5, 9 and 10 of Rajbiraj Municipality had badly affected daily life of the people. “We cannot go out of houses. Elderly, women, children and livestock have suffered the most,” said Ajit Kumar Thakur of Rajbiraj-5.

Flood in Jita Khola has inundated 10 houses in Tilathi Koiladi-7. The flood has also submerged Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality’s Office, health post, Belhi Customs Office and police post. Some people have fled to safer places.

The flood also swept away a diversion obstructing Rajbiraj-Kunauli road section. Victims said floods had swept away more than 100 bigha of arable land.

Saptari CDO Krishna Bahadur Katwal said a large number of Nepal Police, Nepali Army and APF personnel were deployed to the flood-hit areas.

Nepal Police DIGP Ramesh Bhattarai and APF DIGP Janaki Bhattarai arrived in the flood-hit areas with a team of 40 technicians today. The team will reconstruct dykes and change the course of floods.

Meanwhile, the whereabouts of Domi Yadav, 53, a local of Rajbiraj, who was swept away by the flood last Thursday, still remain unknown. Yadav was swept away while repairing an embankment. A search team from APF eastern regional headquarters, Itahari, is searching for Yadav. Continuous rainfall has obstructed the search, said SP Mukesh Kumar Singh.