On entering the monsoon season this year, with 15 places on the Gandaki, Narayani and Tinhu rivers are at high risk of floods due to rains since Friday. The Department of Water and Meteorology has requested to remain vigilant after the floods crossed the danger level in 15 areas of these rivers. The river has reached flood level in Kumalgaon, Gaidakot of Palpa, Lumle of Kaski, Bharatpur Airport area of Chitwan, Charchhare, Kalyanpur, Rampur, Ghorepani of Myagdi of Gandaki river and Tansen of Palpa and Bhairahawa area of Tinhu.
Hundreds of bighas of arable land have been turned into bogs due to the floods in the Budhi Ganga River due to incessant rains since Sunday. The floods in Budhiganga on July 9 last year had washed away the cultivable land and turned it into a bog. Dozens of settlements and arable lands in Bajura and Achham have been cut off by the river during the rainy season this year as well.
Locals have said that even the settlement is in danger after cutting the land. The Budhi Ganga has also cut off part of the Baijnath area, a religious site in Achham. The temple is also affected by the river. The Sanphe-Martadi road section has also been affected by the river. Most of the 57 km road from Sanphebgar in Achham to Martadi in Bajura is on the river bank and the road has been blocked for months. Landslides have hit more than 20 places from Taprisera to Paninaunla on the Sanphe-Martadi road section.
A few days after the floods last year, Far-Western Finance Minister Prakash Shah and former Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa reached Ghagar by helicopter and promised to build houses for the homeless to control the river, but that was limited to the slogan, said another local, Prakash Mahat. Though more than a dozen settlements in one village and three municipalities were at risk due to the floods on Shrawan 20, locals have complained that the government has not provided any relief. Stakeholders have become silent even on the river flooded from the bridge of Ghagar connecting Badimalika-2 and 8. More than 50 families of Ghagar have no choice but to come to the district headquarters when they are sick.
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