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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2610

Floods kill one, displace thousands in Nepal

Kosh R. Koirala from Nepal

Kathmandu, 20 August, ( Flood triggered by incessant rainfall for the past four days in various parts of the country has displaced thousands of families in Nepal.

According to police, at least one person has been killed and over 1,000 families have been displaced by the flood in Siraha, Sunsari and Kanchanpur districts so far. The flood is likely to cause additional damages as incessant rainfall continues to take place.

In Kanchanpur district in the far-western part of the country, over 400 families have been displaced due to floods. The floods also swept away paddy crop planted in over hundreds of heaters of land.

Movement of people has also been hindered as water level has risen in Mahakali River. Flood level in the river reached 347,000 cusec on Tuesday morning, but subsided to 303,000 cusec in the evening. In the river, a water level above 260,000 cusec is considered threatening.

Flood-hit in Tilki village at Dekhatbhuli VDC-3 in the district have asked the local administration for relocation instead of relief after Banahara and Machheli River completely swamped their village. Over 70 families were displaced by the flood.

Likewise, some 300 houses 350 houses in squatter settlements in Dharan in Sunsari district are under threat after flood in Sardu and Seuti rivers following three days of incessant rain started to erode banks.

Sardu river has threatened houses in Naulobasti and Loktantrikbasti of Dharan-16 while Seuti is moving toward Sundarbasti of Dharan-15.

Officials at Home Ministry said at least 60 people of 20 families in Bhokaha VDC-1 and 2 in Siraha district were displaced after flood in Kamala River entered their houses. They left their houses on Wednesday and are taking refuge in a school located at an elevated area. Bhokaha is a remote village in the district and the families have not been able to leave the place as they are surrounded by floods from all sides.

Officials said they are still awaiting reports from districts about the damages caused by the flood.

- Asian Tribune -

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