Thursday, 5 August, 2021

Flood death toll reaches 11 with 25 missing


By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, June 18: Death toll in monsoon-induced disaster, triggered by torrential rains in different parts of the country, has reached 11.
According to an update made public by the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Authority (NDRRMA) as of 4:00 pm on Thursday, landslides and floods have left 11 people dead while 25 others are still missing.
The NDRRMA said the devastation has mainly hit 17 districts since June 14, causing complete damage to 129 and partial damage to 114 physical infrastructures. So far, three bodies of those who died in the Sindhupalchowk flood have been identified. One person each was killed in the floods and landslides in Bajura, Gorkha, Palpa, Doti, Jumla, Arghakhanchi, Kaski, Kavre, and Rupandehi districts.
According to the NDRRMA, the 17 monsoon-hit districts include Bajura, Gorkha, Manang, Sindhupalchowk, Pyuthan, Palpa, Syangja, Lamjung, Dang, Doti, Jumla, Jajarkot, Arghakhanchi, Kaski, Baglung, Gulmi, and Kavrepalanchowk.
Meanwhile, landslides triggered by heavy rains in the past four days, have blocked roads in Darchula, Salyan, Chitwan and Bajhang districts and damaged property in Lalitpur, Gorkha, Kavre and Kaski districts.
The road leading to Tinkar via Darchula in Byas Rural Municipality-5 of Darchula, the road at Kapurkot Rural Municipality-3 Baseri in Salyan and the road at Jaya Prithvi Municipality-7 in Bajhang have been blocked due to landslides. Similarly, the road at Ichchakamana Rural Municipality-5 in Chitwan has been blocked due to the landslide.
Also, due to incessant rains at Harisiddhi Kharibot in Lalitpur, Mahalaxmi Municipality-4, the Karmanasa River overflowed on Wednesday evening, damaging food items worth Rs. 2.2 million after a godown operated by Bijaya Kumar Gupta was waterlogged in the night.
In Manang, 35 people have been rescued from various parts of the Himalayan district. According to Manang Chief District Officer Bishnu Lamichhane, 24 people were rescued from Sirantal of Naso Rural Municipality-1 and 11 people from Thoche Gumba area of ​​Naso by a Nepali Army helicopter. In addition, attempt to rescue 75 people who have been left stranded by the flood in Napiboomi is underway. The attempt has been delayed because of bad weather.
Meanwhile, a child has been found dead in India after being swept away by the Bhutahi Balan River at Belhi of Balan Bihul Rural Municipality-4 in Saptari district. Shantosh Bhandari, 13, son of Kisundev Bhandari of the Rural Municipality-4, Belhi, who had gone to deliver lunch to his brother working in the field, was swept away by the flood on Wednesday. The body of the boy was found near Balan River of Madhuwani district in Bihar.
Monitoring at Rapti River, Sikta dam
Further, the water level in the Rapti River has been rising on Thursday and the villages around the river are at high risk of flooding. A high-ranking official of Banke inspected the river at various places on Thursday.
A team led by Disaster Management Committee Chairman and Chief District Officer of the district Shivaram Gelal, all the security chiefs of the district and the Red Cross Society reached Kusum and Agaiya to get information about the
situation. The team inspected the water level measurement centre at Rapti River in Kusum of Raptisonari Rural Municipality and the main dam of Sikta Irrigation in Agaiya and found the water level rising, according to CDO Gelal.

4 missing come into contact
In Sindhupalchowk, four people who went missing after a landslide blocked the Melamchi River have come into contact.
Assistant CDO Baburam Khanal informed that four persons from Tripura Sundari-1 Ghorthali came into contact on Thursday. Dev Khatri alias Bimal Khatri, 19, Ram Thapa, 17, Subash Jirel, 16, and Kamal Khatri, 16, have come into contact.
Meanwhile, the bodies of three more people were found on Thursday. The bodies of two Chinese nationals and an Indian national were found. According to Assistant CDO Khanal, 80 people have been rescued on Thursday and six of the injured people airlifted to the B&B Hospital for treatment. A total of 150 tarpaulins, 100 pieces of tents and 50 pieces of sleeping bags have been distributed in the district, according to him.