At least 33 families at Soti Bazaar in Thumi VDC-6 of Gorkha district have been displaced after the banks of Budhi Gandaki River started eroding.
A local, Sapana Gurung, informed that the banks started eroding after water levels at Budhi Gandaki River and Soti Khola increased due to continuous rainfall since Thursday.
“A lake has been formed at the Budhi Gandaki River after the flood in Soti Khola deposited rocks, tree trunks and debris, said Gurung, “The water that has been blocked by the debris has reached near human settlements.”
Gurung further said that locals abandoned their houses at around 12 am midnight when the erosion started and have taken shelter in the nearby jungle uphill. She further informed that the sinkholes have developed in the area due to the formation of lake.
A Nepal Army officer of the Bhairawi Batallion, Prem Bahadur Thapa, informed that a team of NA personnel rescued the locals after Soti Bazaar was at risk. A team of Nepal Police and Army assisted the locals to shift their belongings from their houses.
Meanwhile, the water level in the lake has decreased after the rainfall stopped, informed Arughat Police Beat Inspector Rabindra Khanal.