3 offices among 53 houses swept away in Darchula
23 sand miners stranded
KANCHANPUR, JUN 17 - At least 53 families have been rendered homeless in Darchula district after their houses were swept away by the flooding Mahakali river. Khalanga, the district headquarters, has become chaotic causing panic among the residents as heavy rain continues to cause flooding.
One Saraswati Raikhola, 30, of Dhap-5, has gone missing since this morning after she left for collecting logs nearby the banks of the flooded river. She is feared dead, locals said.
Likewise, the raging river has swept away Education Training Centre, District Forest Office, some six houses at Galfai, one clinic, Tatopani Temple and four shops at Chapari among other houses.
Also, a micro hydropower project at the Brahmadev Kalagadi river have been swept away. According to DSP Kuber Kadaya, the patients of the district hospital have been moved to safety places as the flooding river has posed a risk to the hospital.
The swollen river has also inundated Titreyaghat area in Bhimdarshan Municipality-13 of Kanchanpur district.
The Soil Conservation Office and District Development Office and Khullamanch, among other places, have been declared to be at high risk.
Twenty-three sand miners have been stranded in the middle of Titreyaghat due to the flood.
Around 30 huts were swept away on Sunday night in Bagabagad and Rigneta of Khlanga-5. A joint team of Nepal Army, Armed Police Force, and Nepal Police have been deployed for rescue operation since early this morning. But the security personnel have been facing difficulty due to incessant rainfall.
At least 20 houses were swept away in Dharchula bazaar, a bordering town of India.
Meanwhile, Baitadi District Administration have issued a notice, alerting the people living on the banks of the Mahakali following massive increase in the water current of the river.
Posted on: 2013-06-17 11:19