Continuous rainfall inundates settlements in Tarai districtsMore than a thousand people have been displaced and several have gone missing with a few reported deaths.
Continuous rainfall over the past few days has inundated several Tarai districts across the country.
In Kanchanpur, over 150 families have been displaced due to flooded rivers and streams. The Chure area has been receiving incessant rainfall for the last few days, causing floods in most rivers and streams in the area.
“Doda river in Kanchanpur has inundated wards 2 and 3 of Laljhadi Rural Municipality and displaced over 60 families,” said Kamal Kumar Khadka, police inspector at the Area Police Office in Belauri.
Vehicular movement along the Rajaghat-Kailali road has come to a halt after the flooded Mohana river damaged the road near Geta Kailali. Residents of Shuklaphanta Municipality-10 are also at high risk of flooding because of the Banahara river, said police.
In Kailali, dozens of settlements in the southern part of the district have been inundated by the flooded Kada, Patharaiya, and Mohana rivers.
“The detail of destruction is yet to be received. Dozens of settlements have been inundated so far. We are currently involved in relief and rescue works,” said Sher Bahadur Chaudhary, mayor of Bhajani Municipality in Kailali.
In Mahottari, the flooded Ratu river has inundated 900 houses in Tilgadh settlement, Ward No. 4 of Balwal Municipality.
“The embankment of the river was in a dilapidated condition. The rain-swollen river breached the embankment and entered our settlement,” said Laxman Mandal, a resident of Balwal.
A team of security personnel from Nepal Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force have been deployed in the affected areas to carry out relief and rescue works, according to Chief District Officer of Mahottari Tirtharaj Bhatta.
In Sindhuli, a landslide buried three houses at Phiting, Kamalamai Municipality-11 while nine other houses are at high risk.
Meanwhile, a 50-year-old man from Golanjor Rural Municipality-2 in the district went missing in the flooded Bitijor stream on Friday evening.
In Nawalparasi (East), three people have gone missing in a landslide at Hupsekot Rural Municipality. Chief District Officer Manmaya Pangeni informed that the landslide buried a house at Charghare Tol in the rural municipality.
“Police personnel are conducting a search and rescue operation at the incident site,” said Pangeni.
Floodwaters also swept away a diversion constructed along the Mahendra Highway at Thumsi jungle in Gaidakot on Thursday night, disrupting vehicular movement, according to the Area Police Office in Gaidakot.
In Nawalparasi (West), two persons died and one went missing after being swept away by floodwaters in Ramgram Municipality. According to the District Administration Office, continuous rainfall since Thursday night has increased the water level and the current of Jharahi, Turiya and Panbhar rivers in the district. The floods have also caused damage to hundreds of hectares of arable land, police said.
Similarly, around 100 houses have been inundated by floodwaters from the Jharai river in the district headquarters of Parasi. Shops and factories in the bazaar area have also sustained damage due to the inundation.
Over 700 houses in Parasi, Sunwal, Bardaghat, Sarawal, Pratappur and Susta areas have also been waterlogged, police said.
Dipesh Bashyal, chief at the District Traffic Police in Parasi, said vehicular movement has been disrupted after the floods damaged the Turiya Bridge and a diversion along the Mahendra Highway at Sunwal.
Chief District Officer of Parasi Dharmendra Mishra said that security personnel have been deployed to the flood-affected areas to conduct rescue operations.
In Dang, the flooded Babai river swept away a 50-year-old man from Dangisharan Ward No. 1 who was taking a bath at the river.
“The body of the deceased was found 500 metres away from the incident site. Another 45-year-old man of Lamahi Ward No. 7 has also gone missing in the flooded Rapti river since Wednesday evening,” said Chief District Officer of Dang Ram Bahadur Kurumbang.
In Rupandehi, several settlements in Tilottama, Siddharthanagar, Omsatiya Devdaha, Rohini and Marcharwar areas have been inundated because of continuous rainfalls over the past few days.
Chief District Officer of Rupandehi Asman Tamang said, “The rain-swollen Rohini and Danda streams have inundated settlements in Bhairahawa and Rohini areas. The local administration rescued 100 families from Ward No. 4 of Omsatiya on Friday morning.”
(With inputs from our local correspondents in Province 2, Bagmati, Gandaki, Lumbini and Sudurpaschim provinces.)