Slums on river banks inundated after torrential rainfall

Some slum areas on the bank of Bagmati and Dhobikhola were inundated in the Kathmandu Valley after torrential rainfall on Sunday night and in the wee hours of Monday morning.

As swollen rivers entered the settlements, dwellers were left panic-stricken in the odd hours. Some vacated their shanties in search of safer place while some spent their night salvaging their belongings.

The slums in Bhimsengoal and Shantinagar on the bank of Bagmati River and in Bijulibajar on the bank of Dhobikhola were worst affected.

The 24-hour rainfall in Kathmandu till 8:45 am this morning was 67.0 mm, according to the Meteorological Forecasting Division.

A man clears water from his shed after floodwaters caused by heavy rainfall flowing from the swollen Bagmati River entered the slum in Kathmandu. Photo: Reuters

A woman walks out from her shed near floodwaters caused by heavy rainfall flowing from the swollen Bagmati River in a slum in Kathmandu, Nepal August 17, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

A girl holds onto a pole as as she stands in floodwaters flowing from the swollen Bagmati River caused by heavy rainfall in Kathmandu, Nepal August 17, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

A girl lies on a bench near the bank of Bagmati River after floodwaters caused by the heavy rainfall flowing from the swollen river entered a slum in Kathmandu, Nepal August 17, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

A man walks near a vehicle partially submerged by floodwaters flowing from the swollen Bagmati River caused by heavy rainfall in Kathmandu, Nepal August 17, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

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Source: ekantipur