Floods, landslips wreak havoc in Far West

- POST DISTRICT BUREAU, Kathmandu

Jun 17, 2013-

Floods and landslides triggered by heavy rainfall have wreaked havoc in different parts of the country.

Darchula, Baitadi, Dadeldhura and Kanchanpur districts in the Far West have been hit hard by a flood in the Mahakali River. Three days of continuous rainfall increased the water level in Mahakali, causing floodwaters to enter riverside settlements.

The flooded river swept away more than 50 houses and government office buildings at the Darchula district headquartes and displaced around 500 people as of Monday evening.

Police said incessant rainfall has affected relief and rescue works. More than 100 houses are at high risks of getting washed away by the rain-swollen Mahakali. Floodwaters from Mahakali have entered parts of the Bhujela region in Kanchanpur district, while Bhimdutta Municpality is also at risk.

Heavy rainfall in the bordering hilly region of the Indian state of Jharkhand has made Mahakali a menacing threat. The water flow rate in Mahakali reached 440,716 cusec on Monday afternoon. It subsided to 374,000 cusec in the evening. When the monsoon was picking up last year, the water flow in the river was measured at 398,000 cusec.

Chief District Officer of Kanchanpur, Parshuram Aryal, said security agencies have been put on high alert. Twenty-three men from Dekhatbhuli VDC, who were stranded in the middle of Mahakali, were rescued after 20 hours by people.

At least three persons were swept away by Mahakali in Kanchanpur and Darchula. Sera and Julaghat regions of Baitadi are also threatened by Mahakali floods.

In Dadeldhura district, at least 12 VDCs are vulnerable to Mahakali floods.

Non-stop rainfall has also triggered landslides at various sections of Bhimdutta Highway and the Dadeldhrua-Doti road. Meanwhile, a landslide at Jalpa village in Palpa district swept away six persons on Monday morning.

They were later rescued by local people and rushed to hospital for treatment. Traffic movement along Siddhartha Highway has remained affected due to landslides at various points. Floodwaters in Dumrekhola have destroyed a large swathe of farmland in Madiphat, Prabhas and Banstari. Two under construction bridges at Masyam and Bhuwanpokhari were also destroyed by floods at Dumrekhola and Hariaapkhola.

In Nawalparasi district, at least a dozen VDCs along the Narayani river banks are at high risk of floods. People living close to the Gandak dam said their homes could be swept away by floods at any moment as Narayani continues to rise.

The local administration of Banke district has requested the general public living by the Rapti river banks to remain alert as the water level is rising rapidly.

(With inputs from our district correspondents)

Published: 18-06-2013 08:57

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