Warning level issued for major river basins, tributaries

KATHMANDU: With the monsoon in full swing, Flood Forecasting Section of the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology has issued flood bulletin predicting the rise of water levels in various rivers and their tributaries causing inundation in eastern Tarai region.

The flood centres set at Bagmati River, Rai Gaun and Pandhera Confluence have predicted the water level to rise above warning level. The rivers have been predicted to rise above danger level this afternoon and would retain to warning level again the following day, the bulletin stated.

Likewise, the flood centres at Kamala River, Ranibas and Titariya have predicted continuous approach to warning level and have further predicted the rivers to cross the danger level by this afternoon. There is also a possibility for Kankai River and Mainachuli River to rise above the warning level by late afternoon today.

The rivers and their tributaries meandering through Chure range — Lalbakaiya, Ratu, Khado, Gagan, Triyuga, Budhikhola, Sunsari Khola, Pathari Khola, Letang Khola, Ratuwa, Mawa, Biring, Ninda and Mechi River — would remain above the warning level today.

Likewise, it has been predicted that rivers — Saptakoshi, Tamor, Dudhkoshi and Sunkoshi — would rise to warning level tonight. The FFS has stated that the rivulets, brooks and monsoon-fed rivers running on the foothills appear murky due to the slime from the landslide debris.

The bulletin has further warned that the plainlands of Tarai in Provinces 1, 2 and 3 would be inundated.

It has been learnt that the Ministry of Home Affairs' National Emergency Operation Centre issued alert on the possible inundation and warned the people living on the banks of Bagmati River through SMS in the wee hours today to stay alert.