Bhaktapur settlements submerged

  • Incessant rain, flash flood
- Anup Ojha, BHAKTAPUR

Aug 28, 2015-

Incessant rain and flash flood of Hanumante River dispersed 850 earthquake victims at Maheshwori playground in Bhaktapur Municipality and some settlements in Madhyapur Thimi.

Hundreds of quake victims were compelled to flee their makeshifts as life was heavily disrupted till afternoon. Although life returned to normalcy in Thimi area by Thursday evening, quake victims were worried over not being able to take the water out of the ground. Schools, dozen of shops, hundreds of settlements and industrial areas built near the river were also waterlogged.

“It was 5 am, all of a sudden water started to come inside our settlement and we had to run away,” said Urmila Thapa, a mother of three children.  She said all her belongings submerged in the water.

“Three months ago, my house collapsed in the quake. And now the temporary settlement we had is also flooded,” said Thapa. According to her, a lot of the people in the makeshift tents have absolutely nowhere to go.

Earthquake victims all across Bhaktapur including Golmadi, Jeela, Suryamadi, Inachow and Sukuldhoka have been living in the temporary makeshift for the past three months in the playground.

Siddhi Smirti Hospital and Iwamura Memorial Hospital’s services were also disrupted throughout the day. The hospital’s ambulance and generator were submerged in water.

Madhyapur Thimi Metropolitan Circle informed that over 300 houses were flooded.  Urmila Thapa, a local at Radhe Radhe, said the situation was not as bad in Thimi early in the morning. “I had been to Aum Shanti for morning prayers, but when I got back home at 9 am, everyone including my children had gone to the roof of the house, and I was stuck on the way because of the flood,” said Bina Khadka.

Chief District Officer of Bhaktapur Toyam Raya said no casualties have been reported so far. He added that the water level had gone up to five feet in some areas. “Because of the settlement, the river’s size was compressed, and when the water level increased in the river it started to flow into the settlement,” Raya told to the Post.

Shrijana Nagar, Radhe Radhe, Sallaghari, Jagate, Ram Mandir area, Hanuman ghat and Adarshanagar were fully covered by water. Vehicular movement was also disrupted in Ramachap, Sindhuli, Kavre, Sindupalchwok, Dolakha by flash floods.

Published: 28-08-2015 09:27

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BHAKTAPUR: Vehicles returned on the earthquake-damaged section of Tinkune-Suryabinayak road on Thursday following a month and a half of repair works.
The 600m stretch along the road from Lokanthali to Kaushaltar had developed fissures due to the April 25 earthquake rendering the section unmotorable. The contractor company assigned with renovation completed blacktopping on Thursday after the three-lane left carriageway of the road was obstructed.
“We have brought the road back to motorable condition,” said Narayan Prasad Bhusal, director of Swachchhanda Nirman Sewa Pvt Ltd, the contractor company. “We should complete remaining work of reinstalling railings, guard posts and gutters in 15 days,” he said, adding that they are working over-drive to complete entire reconstruction ahead of schedule time.
The Tinkune-Suryabinayak road was built with financial support from the Japanese government.
Although the road had already been handed over to Nepal, Japan took upon itself the reconstruction works. Japan International Cooperation Agency had granted the Rs72.5 million contract for repairs to Swachchhanda on mid-July to complete the work by mid-September.
Kathmandu-Bhaktapur Road Expansion Project, which looks after the road, said it has been restored to its previous state after cracks were filled, eroded surface was pitched and some sections were completely overhauled. The project also dismissed allegations that the road was of poor quality to begin with. Engineer with the Project Kiran Karki said that cracks developed as tremor was felt more strongly in areas surrounding the road.

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