KAILALI: Over 2,000 families displaced from their houses due to heavy rainfall since Thursday night in some VDCs and Dhangadi Municipality in Kailali district. The water has left 90 per cent of Dhangadhi water-logged.
Floodwaters from rivers have waterlogged the municipality and its adjoining areas, while lack of a proper sewage system has made matters worse. Public movement has been affected as most parts of Dhangadi are submerged. Floodwaters have entered shops, causing damage worth thousands of rupees. Schools, shops and transport service in Dhangadi remained closed on Friday.
Police rescued more than 50 families in Uttar Behadi village and moved them to a nearby school after their homes were flooded. As per the District Natural Disaster Rescue Committee data, as many as 500 families have been displaced in Dhangadi municipality alone, while 1,500 families were displaced in Pahalmanpur, Geta, Chaumala, Ramshikharjhala, Phulbari, Hasuliya and Dhansinghpur. According to Nepal Red Cross Society said the displaced are taking shelter in local school buildings and their relatives’ houses.
Personnel from the Nepal Army, the Armed Police Force and Nepal Police, along with Red Cross volunteers, have been mobilized in the affected areas.
In Dhangadi, at least 50 houses were destroyed, while property was damaged in around 3,000 houses. The compound walls of more than 100 houses collapsed, while domestic animals were swept away in some places. According to the Attariya-based field office of the Department of Hydrology and Metereology, Kailali district received 352.8 mm of rainfall in the past two days.
Meanwhile, a teenager lost her life after swollen Itabhatta Khola River swept her away on Friday. Thirteen-year-old Chandra Bhattarai of Malakheti VDC, Khamauri, was swept away by the flooded river near her house, stated area police office of Malakheti.
Similarly, a landslide has blocked a portion of the Khudi river in Ghanapokhara-8 in Lamjung, putting downstream settlements at high risk of a flashflood. The debris has affected the river flow, resulting in the water level to rise around 150 meters high, police said. The police warned that the blockage could burst any time.
The local administration on Friday evacuated 120 families to safer places, while continuous rainfall has made the situation worse. Around 90 houses close to the river are highly vulnerable. Ghanapokhara, Simpani and Khudi VDCs are also at risk. Meanwhile, landslips in different parts of Pyuthan have obstructed transport service. Some houses and office buildings in the district headquarters are also at risk of landslides, district police chief Ishwar Karki said.
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