October 2, Dhangarhi. Due to incessant rains, two hundred houses in the coastal area have been submerged due to floods in the Mahakali and Jogbudha rivers.
Two hundred houses in Ward 9, 12 and 13 of Bhimdatta Municipality of Kanchanpur and 200 houses in Kutiyakabar area of Ward No. 10 of Dodharchandani Municipality have been submerged.
The floods have also damaged a six-lane road being constructed as an approach road connecting the four-lane Mahakali bridge.
Kanchanpur Chief District Officer Ram Prasad Pandey said that hundreds of families in the coastal region have been affected by the recent floods in the Mahakali and Jogbudha rivers.
District Police Office Kanchanpur spokesman, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Siddharaj Nupane said evacuation work is underway to rescue residents of high-risk areas due to rising water level in the river.
After incessant rains since Sunday in the hilly districts of the far west, many rivers including Mahakali have been flooded. The local administration has said that no casualties have been reported so far.
Operation of joint team of security personnel
Chief District Officer Pandey said that a joint team of Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and Nepal Army has been engaged since morning for the rescue and relief of the affected families. He said that rescue and relief work is being done with the help of NGOs working in the district.
Efforts are on to evacuate the coastal residents. Forty families of Bhimdutt Municipality Ward No 12 have been kept in local schools.
‘Great floods of 2070 in Mahakali’
According to DSP Newpane, the water level of Mahakali river, which was measured at 391,000 cusecs in the morning, has now increased to 461,728 cusecs.
He said that the Mahakali river has been flooded since 2070 BC. “The Mahakali river has been flooded since 2070 BS,” DSP Nupane told the news online. “The water flow is still increasing.”
The river has also started intersecting the six-lane blacktop road being constructed as an approach road connecting the four-lane Mahakali bridge. Half the road has been cut by the river.