Flooded Bagmati, Lal Bakaiya threaten Rautahat locals

RAUTAHAT: Locals of villages near the Bagmati and the Lal Bakaiya rivers have been living with a threat of inundation as the rivers got swollen after incessant rainfall.

The water level in both the rivers increased after incessant rainfall in the hilly and Tarai districts of the region.

The District Administration Office has alerted the general public through local radio stations to stay away from the rivers. Also, police personnel have been deployed to monitor the situations and help locals.

The water flow in the Bagmati River is measured at 5,000 cubic metre per second, informed Bagmati Irrigation Project Technician Hem Chandra Jhako.

All 18 of the sluice gates of the Bagmati Barrage bordering Rautahat and Sarlahi have been opened to let the water flow, informed Project Manager Rajendra Yadav.

With this, Yadav added, respective local administrations have been informed of potential danger.

Rautahat Chief District Officer Narahari Baral has urged all not to panic and assured that the water level would soon decrease.

Areas including Matsari, Badharwa, Basatpur, Bramhapuri, Rajdevi, Dharmapur, Gadho, Debahi, Katahariya, Karkach Karmaiya, Inaruwa, Bairiya, Phatuha Maheshpur and Gaur Municipality among others are facing the threat at the moment.