Landslides obstruct Karnali Highway

- Post Report, KALIKOT

Jul 26, 2017-

The Surkhet-Jumla section of the Karnali Highway, the only road linking Karnali region, has been obstructed for the past four days. 

Landslides triggered by monsoon rains blocked the road stretch in 53 places. Around 300 vehicles including bus, truck and tractor have been stranded along the section. The traffic disruption has caused hardship to people of Dailekh, Kalikot, Jumla and Mugu. 

Some light vehicles have been providing services along the road stretch between major landslides. However, they were found to have been fleecing the passengers by taking advantage of the difficult situation. “Getting a vehicle is difficulty. If by any chance we find a ride, we are charged exorbitant fare,” complained Nara Damai of Khadachakra-2 in Kalikot. 

The stranded passengers also complained that the local hotels and eateries are charging high for foodstuffs. “It has been three days since I left Surkhet. It is still unclear when the highway will be opened,” said Jayaram Acharya of Jumla, who was returning home from India with his wife and three children. 

“It would be take about 2-3 days to clear the debris depending upon the weather condition,” said Rajendra Shrestha, police chief of Kalikot. Two excavators have been used to resume the highway, he added.  

 

Dunai at high risk of flood

DOLPA: Dunai, the district headquarters of Dolpa, is at high risk of flooding after the water level in Bheri River has raised due to the incessant rainfall in the last few days. People living in settlements near the river are having sleepless nights over inundation and erosion fears. “The houses near river have started to inundate now,” said Dil Bahadur Budha, a local man. Despite categorising Dunai as high-risk area, the government has not paid attention towards controlling the floods yet, said lawmaker Dhan Bahadur Budha. 

Published: 26-07-2017 07:28

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