A water logged sub-base road at Chapini, Harion Municipality-8, Sarlahi in this photo on Sunday. Photo: Tanak Chhetri/Republica
Man-made structures responsible for waterlogging
SARLAHI, July 22: Most of the southern areas of Sarlahi including the district headquarters Malangawa are prone to inundation every year during the monsoon. Many villages in southern areas of the district still remain submerged by the heavy rainfall on July 11.
But this time, the rainfall on Saturday not only caused mayhem in the southern areas but also in the northern parts of the district including Hariwon, Lalbandi, Nawalpur, Nayaroad, Bagmati.
Three hours of a torrential downpour on Saturday was enough to cause inundation in the northern areas of the district, increasing a sense of insecurity among the locals in northern villages.
The locals are fearful as the areas got waterlogged even though the areas are not prone to floods.
The latest rainfall also destroyed some roads which were under construction.
In some places, the locals themselves destroyed blacktopped roads to allow the water to flow after the rainfall caused inundation.
“Had the rainfall lasted for an hour, our houses would have been completely submerged,” said Shikhar Dhungel, a local of Hariwon.
Although the northern areas of the district are not geographically prone to floods, the areas have begun to face the risk of inundation due to man-made infrastructures.
Experts claim the problem has emerged due to blockage of drainage system and lack of proper installation of hume pipes during the blacktopping of roads.
One of the locals of Lalbandi, Navaraj Mishra pointed out the lack of accountability among the local authorities as the reason behind such problems during every monsoon.
“In order to show easy and instant development, the local authorities blacktop the road in haste. In many cases, the construction is carried out without installing proper drainage system, culvert, hume pipes which leads to inundation in many areas,” said Mishra.
Provincial Assembly member Bechi Lungeli says such negligence in road construction could invite severe problems in the long run.
“Inundation due to few hours of rainfall implies that there are loopholes in road construction. This practice should be discouraged for sustainable road construction,” said Lungeli.