Thursday, 18th September 2014

Update: Flood-alert levels raised in 8 Kavre VDCs and 4 districts


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The administration has asked locals to remain vigilant in eight VDCs of Kavre district around the Sunkoshi River bank after a landslide blocked the river early on Saturday, forming a landslide dammed lake in Jure of Mankha VDC, Sindhupalchowk.

Locals in the Dolalghat area have already been evacuated to safer areas, according to Kedar Neupane, the Chief District Officer of Kavre.

Further chances of devastation can be determined only after seeing how the water would flow after the opening up of the river-lake, Neupane said.

The administration has adopted a high level of alertness in Bhumlutar, Sarsyukharka, Koshidekha, Boldifediche, Saramthali, and Metckshe, among others.

Meanwhile, a meeting of the Security Committee in Sunsari district also decided to deploy police to inform people around sensitive areas and alert them about possible flooding.

The police personnel have been deployed in Barahakshetra, Mahendranagar, Prakashpur, Madhuwan, Western Kushah, Haripur, and the Koshi barrage area of Sunsari to alert residents about possible flooding.

3 EASTERN DISTRICTS ON HIGH ALERT

Three eastern districts -- Sunsari, Saptari and Udayapur -- have raised alert levels reacting to the Saptakoshi River blockage.

The local administration has asked people living around river banks to remain in high alert for possible flooding. Sunkoshi is a tributary of Saptakoshi River.

The dammed water, once it breaches the blockage created by the deposit from the landslide, could even affect settlements in the three eastern districts around the Saptakoshi River, creating a potential for disaster if sudden rise in volume causes the river to change course.

Eastern Regional Administrator, Mahashram Sharma, said Security Committee meetings of the three districts, held this morning, had decided to keep alert the people along the banks about possible flooding.

It is possible that as many as 500 VDCs in these districts and in the State of Bihar in India would be inundated if the blocked landslide debris opened at once and the Koshi barrage was damaged.

VDCs IN KHOTANG AT HIGH RISK TOO

As much as 14 VDCs in Khotang district are at high risk of inundation after a landslide blocked the path of the Sunkoshi River.

Bahunidanda, Dikuwa, Chyasmitar, Durchhim, Dhitung, Rajapani, Batase, Chichkiramche, Barahapokhari, Saunechaur, Suntale and other VDCs that are on the side of the Sunkoshi River are at high risk of flooding.

The District Administration Office and the District Police Office have urged locals to move in safe areas.

Assistant Chief District Officer Arjun Rai said locals in low laying areas have been asked to move to higher ground.


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