200 families leave village to avoid Rapti floods

200 families leave village to avoid Rapti floods

Around 200 families of Matehiya VDC-1, 2 and 3 in the district have left their homes, fearing that area might be swept away by floods in the Rapti river during monsoon. Locals said they were forced to leave their houses as their calls to build an embankment at Tepari before monsoon have not been heeded. Last year too, around 200 families left their houses due to floods that eroded around 1000 bighas of farmland.

Local people accused the government of being apathetic towards their problem. Durga Prasad Maurya, a local, said he will be left with no option other than leaving the village dismantling his concrete house if the government fails to prevent floods in the river. Though the People’s Embankment Programme has started constructing an embankment at Tepari, its work is too slow to complete the work before monsoon, locals said. Only a 200 metre section of the 700 metre embankment has been completed so far in the past two months.

“As the monsoon season is just three months away, the project is unlikely to be completed before the area is flooded,” said Aasharam Maurya, chairman of the Rapti Victim Struggle Committee in Tepari. Local people have demanded that the construction works should be completed before monsoon. Laxmanpur Dam and Kalkalawa Embankment in the Indian side are blamed for floods in five VDCs, affecting more than 10,000 people, in the area every year.

Source: The Kathmandu Post