Floodwaters have sumberged the Metropolitan Police Circile in Kalanki and the vicinity. The picture was taken on Friday afternoon. Photo: Republica
KATHMANDU, July 13: Four persons were killed in the Kathmandu Valley as houses collapsed on Friday due to continuous rain from Thursday evening.
Three members of a family were killed in Mulpani of Kageshwari Manohara Municipality in Kathmandu after the house they were living in on rent collapsed. The deceased have been identified as Sharmila Yadav, 35, Nitu Yadav, 20, and Kundan Yadav, 13.
“They all were living in a rented house and died today after the house collapsed,” said Shyam Gyawali, Senior Superintendent of Police at the Metropolitan Police Office, Ranipokhari.
According to police Nitu was pregnant.
An 11-year old Suraj Jimba of Bagmati Rural Municipality, Lalitpur, was also buried under rubble after his house collapsed Thursday.
Binod Chaudhary of Bardiya is missing in Kuleshwar flood. Police said they conducted search and rescue operations on Friday based on the information provided by the locals.
“Our rescue teams have been mobilized in various parts of the Kathmandu Valley. They have been asked to give high priority to lower settlements established along the river banks,” said Gyawali, adding, “Several settlements have been inundated.”
Singha Durbar, the country’s main administrative hub, has also been affected due to the incessant rain.
A section of the eastern wall of Singha Durbar collapsed on Friday. Vehicular movement on the Anamnagar-Baneshwar road section was halted following a wall collapse.
Authorities have requested locals mainly those residing along major rivers and streams in Kathmandu — Bagmati, Bishnumati, Balkhu, Nakhkhu, Hanumante and Manohara — to move to higher land and stay alert unless water level receded.
Locals in Bhaktapur were terrified after water level increased significantly in the Hanumante River. Those living in lower settlements such as Liwali, Hanumanghat, Bhelukhel, Ram Mandir, Sallaghari and Radhe Radhe among others are at high risk of floods.
The rain has damaged a bridge connecting Madhyapur Thimi and Surya Binayak, affecting vehicular movement on the road.
Narayan Prasad Bhatta, chief district officer of Bhaktapur, said rescuers from security agencies have been kept on high alert to conduct rescue operations in case of a disaster.
CDO Bhatta, who also leads the district disaster coordination committee, has inspected flood-prone areas and instructed the security personnel to stay alert for rescue operation if the flood enters settlements.