BHAKTAPUR, August 10: The swollen Manohara River has inundated settlements of landless squatters at Madhyapur Thimi Municipality-1. Following heavy rain on Tuesday night, the river has deluged approximately 800 houses along the river banks, said Shree Bhakta Kasichhwa, member of the Province Sports Development Council, Bagmati Province and former chair of the Bhaktapur district sports development committee, who joined forces for a rescue.
"After being informed about the flooded settlements by a Province Assembly member, I and a team worked through the night into morning to evacuate the victims by dismantling house walls in some cases with the help of two dozers," he said. The victims were found crying for help from inundated roads and the roofs of their houses, he said.
Teams of Nepal Police and Armed Police Force were also deployed for rescue efforts.
There is a need for managing food and accommodation for the victims as all their food and belongings were destroyed in the calamity, he said.
"The situation here is worse. The settlements at the river banks are in fear of being swept away. The government should focus on resolving their problem," he said.
The details of the damage caused by the flood in Madhyapur Thimi-1 and 2 and the settlements of landless squatters are being collected, according to Deputy Superintendent of Police Raju Pandey, spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Range, Bhaktapur.
The swollen river eroded and flooded 80o huts and houses in the settlements of landless squatters, he said.
Similarly, 20 houses at Duwakot Bensi in Changunarayan-1 were deluged and four victims were rescued, he said, adding that scores of domestic animals were rescued to safety from various parts along the river banks.