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Landslide-dammed Bheri bursts with ruinous force

- Post Report, JAJARKOT

Aug 15, 2018-

A landslide triggered by heavy rains briefly dammed Bheri River before it burst with a destructive force, wiping out four houses and leaving more than 100 others at risk of collapse at Tallu Bagar area in Nalgadh Municipality of Jajarkot district on Tuesday.   

Lal Bahadur Khatri, the ward chairman of Nalgadh Municipality-12, said the disaster has left the families of Tak Bahadur Basnet, Bhabendra Basnet, Tikaram Khatri and Ram Bahadur Basnet homeless, while more than 100 other households are teetering on the brink of collapse.  

The raging flood also caused damage to at least 15 huts at Chhahari Bagar, a settlement across Tallu Bagar which falls in Rukum district.

Security personnel from Nepal Army and Nepal Police were deployed to Tallu Bagar and Chahari Bagar in the wake of the landslide to help the local residents evacuate their homes.

Tallu Bagar residents said the landslide debris obstructed the river for nearly three minutes, causing the water level to rise and rise, until the dam was broken by pressure.

Khatri said panic broke out among the people after the flooded river started eroding the land on the river’s edge and the embankment.

The flood also damaged an irrigation canal, a suspension bridge and nearly 500-metre section of the Jajarkot-Dolpa road.

Authorities were yet to assess the damage caused by the disaster as of late Tuesday afternoon. Scores of families need to be resettled since the whole settlement now stands at risk, Khatri said.

 

Transportation resumes along Banbasa Bridge

KANCHANPUR: Transportation of four-wheelers has resumed along the Banbasa Bridge that links India with Nepal in Kanchanpur district.

The Indian side had banned four-wheel vehicles from crossing the bridge from Sunday after water flow in the Mahakali River exceeded the danger mark of 100,000 cusec.

The water flow in the river receded to 90,000 cusec on Tuesday, prompting the Indian authorities to lift the ban. Meanwhile, the flood displaced people of wards 8 and 10 of Mahakali Municipality have started returning to their homes after flooodwaters started receding in their settlements. (PR)

Published: 15-08-2018 08:03

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