KATHMANDU: The heavy rainfall in past two days has inundated various parts of the country and created problems to general people. One person was swept to death in a flood in Jhapa. The body of a woman was found in Baniyanikhola in Jhapa.
Likewise, Shiv Kumar Rai, 22, has been missing after Ratuwakhola swept him away. The swollen Ratuwakhola has submerged hundreds of houses at Lakhanpur, Kohawara and Maharanijhoda of Damak Municipality. As many as 35 families have been displaced in the municipality. A dozen families were evacuated to safer places from Shivgunj after Baniyani submerged the settlement. Several houses at Satasidham, Shivgunj, Mahavara, Surunga have been submerged.
Around 1,200 houses at Portaha village of Saptari were swamped after continuous rain fall caused a dam at a local river to burst, police said. In Gobindapur of Morang, water from rain -swollen Bakraha river is spilling over the banks, posing flood risk to more than 300 houses nearby.
Electricity supply to the eastern districts has discontinued after the rain water flooded the control room of the Duhabi Grid Branch of Nepal Electricity Authority. Flights at Biratnagar airport were halted for eight hours on Tuesday.
Landslide along the Muglin section of Prithvi Highway also obstructed the traffic movement for hours on Tuesday. Continuous rain fall for the past few days has increased the water flow rate at the Saptakoshi river. The measurement taken on Tuesday morning showed the rate of water flow at 238,000 cusec, prompting the authorities at the Koshi barrage to lift 31 out of 56 floodgates. The authorities have also switched on the red light at the barrage as a cautionary signal.
Water level in Babai and Karnali rivers in Bardiya district has also increased, threatening dozens of settlements and farmlands. In Banke, rain -swollen Rapti river has threatened Ghodiyanpurwa, Tepari, Piprahawa, Khadaichha and Kanaipurwa villages.
Similarly, floodwaters from the Kerung river has displaced 14 families in Shivamandir VDC of Nawalparasi. After the river started flooding the VDC from Monday morning, security personnel were mobilized to rescue villagers.
Police said more than 60 other families living by the riverside are at high risk of flood. In Dang, floodwaters from Bagai and Lotahi rivers entered a settlement of freed Kamaiyas (bonded labourers) in Chailahi VDC-2, sweeping away four houses on Monday night. The victims are taking shelter at their neighbors’ houses.
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