September 5, 2020 01:10 PM NPT
BAGLUNG, Sept 5: A flood in the Bhujikhola River of Dhorpatan Municipality in Baglung district on Wednesday night not only caused loss of life but also damaged many physical structures in the area. The flash flood was triggered by heavy rain.
The flood has damaged 171 structures including houses, schools, hydroelectricity structures, health posts, suspension bridge and roads, among others.
Fourteen people died and 24 are still missing after the massive flooding caused by the swollen Bhujikhola River wreaked havoc in wards 7, 8 and 9 of the municipality. Ward 9 is the hardest hit.
The damage is very high in Phalleghar, Suparang, Bhusunde, Sidu, Ghattebot, Serawang, Dunapadhera, Sukurrdung, Saprang and Lankuribot areas near the river. Landslide debris that fell in the river at Deuralidanda at Dhorpatan municipality-9 created an artificial dam across the river which later forced its way resulting in the flooding.
A total of 73 houses have been completely damaged at Dhorpatan-9. Similarly, 10 houses have been completely destroyed while 48 houses are partially damaged at Dhorpatan-10, the District Police Office, Baglung said. Five hundred and eighteen people have been rendered homeless.
Likewise, the flood has damaged 131 houses, 11 micro hydroelectricity plants, one health post, 11 suspension bridges, five concrete bridges, two schools and 10 log bridges, the Dhorpatan Municipality stated. Mayor Dev Kumar Nepali said most of the structures are fully damaged while the road to Dhorpatan via Burtibang has been washed away at more than two dozen points.
The municipality is collecting the details of the damage caused to other structures.