Bhotekoshi swells ominously

- ANISH TIWARI, SINDHUPALCHOK

Sep 19, 2016-

A sudden rise in water level in the Bhotekoshi river has spread fear among the people residing by the riverside in Sindhupalchok district. 

The people living in settlements along the Barhabise-Tatopani road, including Barhabise Bazaar, Gati, Hindi, Jhirpu, Chaku, Jambu, Dhusku and Lamosangu, ran outside in the middle of the night after the raging river came threateningly close to their homes. 

“We have packed our valuables and clothes. We have to leave in case the water level in the river goes up any higher,” said Rajendra Shrestha of Barhabise Bazaar. 

The panic locals of Barhabise Bazaar stayed awake throughout the night. According to Armed Police Force DSP Manoj Thapa, heavy rainfall at Nepal-China border area caused the water level of Bhotekoshi to rise. 

Riverbank erosions are taking place in places like Dashkilo, Urgen, Gumba and Liping, he added. 

More than two dozen houses in Sindhupalchok were swept away by the Bhotekoshi flood in the first week of July. Motor road and some hydropower projects in the district were also damaged. 

Published: 19-09-2016 07:58

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