KATHMANDU — Floods triggered by incessant rainfall have created havoc in most of the Tarai districts across the country.
Floods have inundated thousands of houses, leaving families without food and shelter. Several villages were inundated while numerous lives, properties, rice crops and livelihoods have been damaged by the floods. Flood victims are either displaced or are taking shelters at their relatives’ houses.
In Itahari, at least five persons were killed and six others went missing as the flooding caused by incessant rainfall inundated Itahari market zone and its surrounding areas.
The deceased have been identified as Mala Shah, 40,Iswor Sunuwar, 40, Anita Dhimal, 35, Maya Rai, 32, Rupesh Rai, 3, and Rupsani Rai, 8.
Those who have gone missing include Asha Devi Rai,, Minesh Rai, Khusi Rai, Chanda Tamang, Ram Kumar Rai and nine year old baby girl.
Houses in Gairigaun, Bus Park and the areas surrounding the office of Eastern Division of Nepal Army have been badly hit by floods. Continuous rain coupled with the flooding in the Shera and Budhi rivers has caused inundation of Itahari market and the areas surrounding it.
The flooding has disrupted the operation of basic services as communication and transport.
In Dhanusha, daily life of general public in district headquarters Dhanusha has been badly affected due to incessant rainfall for the past four days as half-dozen villages have been inundated by floods in Kamala River in eastern Dhanusha.
20 houses in the banks of Charnath River in Chhihittarbigha Village are at high risk of inundation.
Likewise, water in Jalad River in mid-Dhanusha is persistently increasing. At least five wards in Janakpur Sub-metropolis are flooded as water could not extricate from settlements in lack of proper drainage.
In Bardiya, a flood in Mankhola inundated 17 households in Bangaudi village, 15 in Kakaura and 4 in Bhaisapura of Basgadhi Rural Municipality, rendering people homeless.
The details of the physical and human damages caused by inundation are yet to be ascertained.