Continuous rainfall affects normal life in several districtsHeavy rains in Kailali flood rivers and streams displacing scores of families.
Continuous rainfall over the last few days has affected normal lives in several places across the country. Rain-swollen rivers have led to inundation, floods and landslides in many districts, displacing settlements, destroying property and disrupting electricity supply, mobile networks, internet facilities and transportation services.
In Kailali district of Sudurpaschim Province, Godawari, Mohana and Bhalukhola rivers breached their banks and entered the settlements at wards 1, 4 and 13 of Godawari Municipality on Thursday. At least 40 families were displaced across the district on Thursday alone, police said.
Floodwaters from Bhalukhola river inundated 14 homes in Baskotha and Bankhet areas. The displaced families have moved in with their relatives.
It has been raining heavily in the area since Wednesday night, flooding the rivers and streams that originate in the Chure region.
Attariya Bazaar area has been waterlogged as the floodwaters have not found an outlet due to the lack of proper drainage system.
At least 30 families at Shrilanka camp of freed Kamaiyas (bonded labourers) in Geta have been displaced after floodwaters from the Mohana river entered their homes. The displaced families are taking shelter in the building of a local community school.
The district administration office in Kailali has urged the people living near the rivers like Karnali, Mohana, Pathariya, Shivaganga, Gauriganga to stay on high alert with the increasing water level in the rivers since Thursday morning.
“We have informed the local people about possible flooding. Security personnel have also been directed to remain on standby for rescue and relief works,” said Shivaraj Joshi, the information officer at the district administration office.
In Palpa of Lumbini Province, vehicular movement along the Palpa-Nawalparasi (East) section of the Kaligandaki corridor has been obstructed for the past one week due to landslides.
According to the District Police Office in Palpa, Kashiban, Syauli Bazaar and Sakhardi Khola areas of Rampur Municipality along other areas have witnessed landslides.
Jyam Bahadur BK, a local resident of Ghiring-1 in Tanahun, said: “The people of Tanahun, Syangja and Palpa have been facing difficulties due to the obstruction in vehicular movement in the Rampur area. Rampur is a major business hub for the people living in the eastern part of Tanahun, Syangja and Nawalparasi (East).”
Manang district of Gandaki Province, meanwhile, has been cut off from Lamjung and other districts due to continuous floods and landslides.
“A Bailey bridge in Chame was damaged by the flooded Marsyangdi river on June 15. A suspension bridge connecting Ward No. 4 and 5 of Chame has also been damaged by the flooded river three days ago,” said Nara Bahadur Chand, chief administrative officer of Chame Rural Municipality in Manang.
The suspension bridge connects the lower reaches of the district to Upper Manang.
“The water level in the Marshyangdi river is still rising because of continuous rainfall. People are trying to cross the river via the damaged suspension bridge,” said Bishnu Lamichhane, chief district officer of Manang.
Police personnel have been mobilised along the bridge area for the safety of people and travellers, he said.
(With inputs from our correspondents in Lumbini and Gandaki Provinces)