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Wednesday, July 10, 2013



Kathmandu, 10 July:: A red flag has been unfurled at the Koshi barrage today to indicate danger sign due to rising water current in the Saptakoshi River, RSS reports..

The barrage management and maintenance officials hoist a red flag at the bridge over the Saptakoshi when water current in the river reach 150,000 cubic feet per second (cusec).

Water current in the river has been increasing steadily since Tuesday afternoon. Water current passing through the bridge had reached a record 276,600 cusec yesterday evening.

The water flow this afternoon was 243,910 cusec. As a result of the increasing water level in the river, 37 of the 56 doors of the barrage have been opened, according to Koshi Barrage Control Room.

Meanwhile, the flooded Koshi River has also begun inundating land in the Sri Lankan island in the midst of Koshi River. As a result, the residents of the island are living in fear, according to local resident Baburam Karki.

Likewise, flood water from the Tegra rivulet has inundated settlements in Sonapur-3 of Sunsari, putting more than 200 houses in Ranigaon at risk of being swept away.

Locals have complained over the apathy of the administration towards taking preventive measures when the entire village has been inundated for the past couple of days.

The Tegra rivulet has gushed into the industries based in industrial corridors. The flood has adversely affected the day-to-day production in different industries including Multifibres Limited and Pragati Textiles.

Likewise, the flooded Sunsari rivulet has inundated human settlements in ward nos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 of Narsingh VDC. Some 40 houses in Narsingh VDC-3, 54 in ward no 2 and 43 in ward 6 have been waterlogged.

The swollen rivulet has also inundated Duhabi bazaar of Sunsari. Some 15 Musahar households of Duhabi-1 have been displaced and are taking shelter at a local school, said Ashish Yadav, a local.

All schools here have been shut down due to the flood triggered by incessant rainfall since the past few days.

The torrential rain that lashed Baklauri-3, Sunsari has also besieged at least 100 Musahar settlements, said Bijaya Chaudhary, another local.


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