Rain-triggered floods wreak havoc in Kailali

TIKAPUR: Normal life has been affected in Kailali due to floods following incessant rainfall.

Some families have been displaced after floods entered the settlement in Bhajani of Kailali on Sunday night. The municipality and the locals have jointly shifted the people of the risky areas to postal roads and high-placed buildings throughout the night.

Krishna Dhamala, a local, said some families in Bhajani have left the settlement overnight and moved to the streets. The people living in the settlement sat on the postal road with children and livestock at night due to the rise in water level in rivers and rivulets.

The floods inundated almost all the wards of Bhajani. All the houses in ward-8 have been inundated. “Hundreds of families have moved to the streets and high-rise houses with their belongings after the settlements were waterlogged following incessant rains”, he said. The southern and eastern parts of Kailali have been inundated due to the floods.

The settlements of Tikapur, Bhajani, Janaki and Joshipur of Kailali near the rivers and rivulets have been inundated due to the rise in water level in the River Chure and the Karnali River. Some families have been displaced in Tikapur Municipality.

Disaster Management Section Chief of Tikapur Nirmala Chaudhary said that 65 houses of Parseni, Bhartapur and Bhagwanpur of ward-6 have been inundated due to the flood in Patharaya River.

Ward 2, 5, 7 and 8 of Tikapur are at risk of inundation as the water level in the Karnali River increases. Similarly, Joshipur rural municipality has also been inundated due to incessant rain.

Chief of the disaster management section of Joshipur Rural Municipality, Sita Singh said water from the Kada river has entered Bhittariya and inundated it.

Most of Janaki’s wards have been inundated and some families have been displaced.

Disaster management section chief Netra Prasad Jaisi said many settlements in ward 4 and 7 have been inundated. “There are 11 families living in Girdharpur of ward 4. There are 15 families living in Farela of ward 7,” Jaisi said.

Dozens of settlements in Janaki are waterlogged. The municipalities in the area have intensified their work such as cleaning drains after the floods ran through the settlements. They have been engaged in the work of opening the jammed drains and draining out water in the submerged areas.

Information Officer at the District Administration Office, Shivaraj Joshi, shared that various places in the district have been inundated due to rain so the teams are being mobilised to minimise the damage.

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