The Himalayan Times, July 15, 2019
As many as 70,000 households have been adversely affected due to floods and inundation following incessant rainfall for the past three days in Rautahat.
Locals heading towards their destination through a flooded street in Gaur, Rautahat. Photo: THT
The families of 18 local levels in Rautahat district were badly affected due to floods triggered by continuous rainfall in Bagmati, Lalbakaiya, Chandi, Jhaj, Lamaha and Dori, among other rivers in the district.
Of the 70,000 households, around 5,000 with thatched roofs were completely destroyed, said police. The floods wreaked havoc mostly in Durga Bhagawati Rural Municipality, Gaur, Raj Devi, Yamunamai, Ishanath, Paroha, Dewahigohani, Brindaban, Gadimai, Madhav Narayan, Phatuwa, Bijayapur, Rajpur and Baudhimai municipalities while Gajura, Chandrapur, Katahariya, Garuda and Maulapur municipalities were partially affected.
The locals of all affected areas were rescued with ropes, bamboo poles and boats and were taken to safer places.
Rainwater levels in the district headquarters Gaur had reached up to four to ten feet high. Water levels began to recede after rainfall stopped this morning.
Passengers were stranded after a diversion was swept away along the Gaur-Chandrapur road section.
According to Rautahat District Administration Office, the road section on Nepal-India border, which was closed since two days, resumed from today.
Chief District Officer Kiran Thapa said details of the damage would be collected after water levels receded.
Meanwhile, representatives of Durga Bhagawati Rural Municipality have decided to offer relief amount equal to one day’s salary to disaster victims through the disaster management committee.