Mahakali bridge shut down as water level rises

The border bridge over the Mahakali river has been shut down for public transportation after water level rose to alarming levels following incessant rainfall in Kanchanpur district since the past few days.

The bridge is usually closed for public after the water current reaches 80,000 cusec.

The water current in the river at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday morning was 140,192 cusec, according to Rajendra Chand, sub-inspector of police at the Area Police Office, Gaddachowki.

As a result, the bridge has been shut down for vehicular and pedestrians’ movement, said Chand.

Meanwhile, a large number of people coming to Nepal from neigbouring India have been left stranded at the Banbasa market of India following the closure of the bridge.

The local authorities have alerted also the residents living in areas near the river including the areas of Odali and Yeri.

It may be noted that more than a dozen houses including schools were swept away by flood water from the Mahakali river last monsoon.

Source: Nepalnews