March 30, 2023

100 families affected

Flood and landslide have affected around 100 households of two local level in Darchula. According to the District Police Office, Darchula, flood and disaster have completely damaged 42 houses and partially damaged nine houses and put 40 houses at high risk. Police personnel were mobilized to collect the details of loss and damage. As informed, the disaster caused big loss to Mahakali municipality, particularly in its ward 1, 2, 3 and 4. Likewise, landslide caused damage to the households of ward 1 of Naugad rural municipality.

“The rivulet saw increasing water level since 11.00 pm in the night”, said Mangal Singh Thagunna, a local. He added that flood started eroding soil since 1.00 am next day. The swollen Lasku rivulet had taken away the settlements along the river banks, he shared. The Mahakali river was also swollen up with the rise in the water level in Lasku rivulet.

The Mahakali River had also entered into embankment constructed by the Mahakali River Control Project with the increasing water current. Thagunna said the flood-fed river was sweeping away the human settlement. Duhun-Khalanga out of contact The flood occurred in the Mahakali and Lasku had also disrupted the road connecting Khalanga and Duhun Byas. The road from Ringat Lake to Kalaunbhir along the Darchula-Tingkar road section was obstructed. With the flood taking away the road linking Duhun rural municipality and Mahakali river, the people’s mobility has become tougher in the areas. The Darchula-Tinker road which was constructed along the Mahakali embankment was completely damaged. The flood and landslide took away motor-able and suspension bridges constructed over Lasku rivulet.

Two schools were broken down; equal numbers of school were partially damaged in the incident. The quarter of Darchula Multiple College at Dungari has been at risk, police informed. The Mahakali river took away nine vehicles. As many as 263 cattle of local farmers in Mahakali municipality and Naugad rural municipality died in the incident. —

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