150 houses inundated as rain pounds eastern region

150 houses inundated as rain pounds eastern region

As many as 150 houses in Morang, Itahari, Jhapa and Sunsari in the eastern region were inundated and over 500 houses were affected due to heavy rainfall since Monday night.

A man was reported dead while another has gone missing in the Koshi river in Barahchhetra in Sunsari.

The deceased has been identified as Ram Bahadur Baraili, 66, of Itahari-4 died. Hari Prasad Oli of Kankai Municipality-3 is missing, said police, adding that a search operation has launched to find him.

More than 30 houses were inundated and over 300 houses remained affected in the Madhumalla area in Morang district on Tuesday, after heavy rains since Monday night breached the temporary embankment built along the Bakraha river.

The affected families from ward no. 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 have moved to safer places water gushed through human settlements.

Similarly, more than 100 houses are inundated in Bhadrapur of Jhapa. In the West, seven houses were inundated in Dhangadi of Kailali.

Many places across the country are expected to experience light to heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours, according to the Meteorological Forecasting Division (MFD).

Issuing a weather bulletin on Tuesday evening, the MFD stated that the monsoon that entered from East Nepal on June 15 is in its active phase since Monday night, bringing heavy rains in several places, particularly in the eastern and western regions.

“The rainfall activity will remain active for the next 24 hours,” said Barun Paudel, a senior meteorologist at MFD.

On Tuesday, Dharan recorded the highest rainfall measuring 109.6 millimetres, followed by Dhangadi (88.3mm), Bhairahawa (73.5mm), Biratnagar (62.9mm), Janakpur (62.8mm), Dhankuta (47.4mm) and Kathmandu (39.7mm).

Out of total 43 stations installed in various major river systems across the country to provide real-time data on water levels, 17 stations were recording rising water levels until 5:30pm on Tuesday.

Flood warnings were issued to the locals living in the downstream villages after water levels in major rivers, including Kankai, Babai and West Rapti, rose above the red mark on Tuesday morning.

“As the water levels were receding on Tuesday evening, there are no immediate threats in downstream villages. But we have informed district authorities to remain alert,” said Rajendra Sharma, a senior divisional hydrologist at the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology.

Source: The Kathmandu Post