KANCHANPUR/KATHMANDU: The Mahakali River swollen after an incessant rainfall for three days triggered floods in swept away over a settlement of landless squatters and other facilities in Darchula district on Monday.
Chief District Officer of Darchula Chiranjeevi Adhikari told THT Online over telephone that 17 huts of squatters, 12 other houses and at least four buildings that housed government offices were swept away by the river in the district headquarters Khalanga this morning.
He informed that the river swept away a woman – identified as Saraswoti Raikhola (38) – at Dhap, 12 km away from Khalanga. However, other human casualties are not reported yet.
Over 200 people have been displaced after the river wrecked its havoc on the settlements on its bank in the district.The river, which borders Nepal and India, has posed threat to the Nepali side as the rainfall has not stopped and the water level is rising.
In Danger…squatters’ settlements are seen at the embankment of the over-flooded Mahakali river at Khalanga of Darchula district on Monday, June 17‚ 2013. Photo: Narendra Bhatta.
Many private residents, District Police Office, District Hospital and other government facilities in Khalanga are under the threat of floods, police said.
The rescue teams from the Nepal Army and the Nepal Police helping the residents evacuate from the area to safer sites.
Loss..swollen Mahakali River smashes a suspension bridge at Khalanga, the headquarters city of Darchula on Monday, June 17‚ 2013. Photo: Narendra Bhatta
Power supply has been disrupted in the district as the floods swept away electric poles and transformers.The District Administration Office (DAO) has declared an emergency in the area and asked the dwellers to be on a high alert.
Locals feared that the suspension bridge across the river, joining Darchula of Nepal and Dharchula of India, might be swept away if the floods did not subside.
(With inputs from Abiral Gautam in Kathmandu)