Liping Bazaar devastated by landslides and floods in the Bhotekoshi River. (Dhurba Dangal/Republica)
SINDHUPALCHOWK, July 23: Continuous floods in the Bhotekoshi River and land erosions caused by it have already washed away 85 houses so far in Sindhupalchowk district.
According to Inspector Khumlal Bhusal of Kodari Police Post, the floods have washed away 80 houses from Larcha to Liping alone, and five in Barhabise since July 5.
Flashfloods in a rivulet that separates Kodari from Liping Bazaar have brought big boulders with them, causing significant damages to homes near the Liping Bridge, informed Inspector Bhusal.
“The motorable bridge itself is at risk. Floods have already caused damages to its pillars,” he said. "The bridge could be washed away anytime if the flooding continues."
Water level at the Bhotekoshi River has shown no sign of receding.
Likewise, land erosions continue to threaten many houses at dozens of settlements. Locals displaced from dozens of home in Kodari VDC have been living under tarpaulins for about a week, according to police.
Authorities have yet to clear the debris piled up due to landslides at Bahrabise-Tatopani road stretch.
Six VDCs in the district--Gati, Marming, Ghumthang, Listi, Phulping Katti and Tatopani--remain completely isolated from the outside world. Floods and landslides have also disrupted communications lines in those VDCs, and locals are forced to live in complete darkness at night with no electricity.
According to Inspector Bhusal, locals are facing miserable conditions. “Relief materials and food items have not reached the affected areas,” he said.
Locals said they would run out of the food stock saved for the monsoon season very soon.