Continuous rains flood settlements in Tarai districts
Continuous rains over the past few days have flooded several districts of Tarai across the country.
In Kanchanpur, more than 150 families have been displaced by flooded rivers and streams. The Chure region has received relentless rains in recent days, causing flooding in most rivers and streams in the region.
“The Doda River in Kanchanpur flooded wards 2 and 3 of the rural municipality of Laljhadi and displaced more than 60 families,” said Kamal Kumar Khadka, police inspector at the Belauri regional police office.
Vehicle movement along the Rajaghat-Kailali road has stopped after the swollen Mohana River damaged the road near Geta Kailali. Residents of Shuklaphanta-10 municipality are also at high risk of flooding from the Banahara River, police said.
In Kailali, dozens of settlements in the southern part of the district were inundated by the swelling rivers Kada, Patharaiya and Mohana.
“Details of the destruction have not yet been received. Dozens of settlements have been inundated so far. We are currently involved in relief and rescue work, ”said Sher Bahadur Chaudhary, mayor of Bhajani municipality in Kailali.
In Mahottari, the swollen Ratu River inundated 900 houses in the Tilgadh settlement, district 4 of the municipality of Balwal.
“The river bank was in a dilapidated state. The rain-swollen river broke through the embankment and entered our settlement, ”said Balwal resident Laxman Mandal.
A team of security personnel from the Nepalese army, Nepalese police and armed police forces have been deployed to the affected areas to carry out relief and rescue operations, according to Mahottari district chief Tirtharaj Bhatta.
In Sindhuli, a landslide has buried three houses in Phiting, Kamalamai-11 municipality while nine other houses are at high risk.
Meanwhile, a 50-year-old man from the rural municipality of Golanjor-2 in the district disappeared on Friday evening in the flooded Bitijor stream.
In Nawalparasi (East), three people went missing in a landslide in the rural municipality of Hupsekot. District chief Manmaya Pangeni said the landslide buried a house in Charghare Tol in the rural municipality.
“Police personnel are carrying out a search and rescue operation at the site of the incident,” Pangeni said.
Floodwaters also washed away a diversion built along the Mahendra Expressway in the Thumsi jungle to Gaidakot on Thursday evening, disrupting vehicle traffic, according to the Gaidakot area police office.
In Nawalparasi (west), two people died and one disappeared after being washed away by flood waters in the municipality of Ramgram. According to the district administrative office, continuous rainfall since Thursday evening has increased the water level and current of the Jharahi, Turiya and Panbhar rivers in the district. The floods also caused damage to hundreds of hectares of arable land, police said.
Likewise, around 100 houses were inundated by floodwaters from the Jharai River at the headquarters of Parasi district. Shops and factories in the bazaar area also suffered damage from the flooding.
More than 700 homes in Parasi, Sunwal, Bardaghat, Sarawal, Pratappur and Susta areas were also flooded, police said.
Parasi district traffic police chief Dipesh Bashyal said vehicle traffic was disrupted after flooding damaged the Turiya Bridge and a bypass along the Mahendra Expressway in Sunwal.
Parasi District Chief Dharmendra Mishra said security personnel had been deployed to flood-affected areas to conduct rescue operations.
In Dang, the swollen Babai River swept away a 50-year-old man from Dangisharan No. 1 Ward who was bathing in the river.
“The body of the deceased was found 500 meters from the scene of the incident. Another 45-year-old man from Lamahi No. 7 Ward has also been missing in the swollen Rapti River since Wednesday evening, ”Dang Ram District Chief Bahadur Kurumbang said.
In Rupandehi, several settlements in the regions of Tilottama, Siddharthanagar, Omsatiya Devdaha, Rohini and Marcharwar have been inundated due to continuous rainfall in recent days.
Rupandehi District Chief Asman Tamang said, “Rain-swollen Rohini and Danda streams flooded settlements in Bhairahawa and Rohini regions. The local administration rescued 100 families in Omsatiya neighborhood 4 on Friday morning.
(With contributions from our local correspondents in the provinces of Province 2, Bagmati, Gandaki, Lumbini and Sudurpaschim.)