The flood in Lakhandehi River owing to continuous rainfall for the past few days has started to submerge various places in Sarlahi.
Hundreds of bighas of arable land and settlements are at risk due to the erosion of the river, locals said.
Pramod Shah, a local, informed that the flood reached near the cultivable land by overflowing the Lakhandehi river dam in Pidari Dhapatol of Haripur Municipality-9.
According to Shah, the paddy fields are inundated due to the continuous rainfall. “The flow of water has decreased since Monday morning, but if the floods increase again, hundreds of bighas of paddy fields could be turned into bogs,” Shah said.
The river has reached the farmland overflowing the dam since Sunday. Local farmers have appealed to the people’s embankment office and municipal office in Haripur to control the erosion immediately.
Chief of Haripur Municipality Jamirudin Mansur said that coordination has been made with the people’s embankment office to control the erosion of Dhapatol. “The office is showing reasons for a shortage of workers to tighten the dam. But even from the side of the municipality, we will stop the run-off by arranging workers and technicians” Mayor Mansur said.
According to Astha Lama, a local, the flood in Lakhandehi River has destroyed the dam at Lalbandi Municipality-12, Pattharkot Bahuni.
According to the District Administration Office, the floods in Lakhandehi this year have also affected Sivanagar of Chakraghatta Municipality, Bhadsar of Malangwa District Headquarters and Sakraul of Kaudena Rural Municipality.
The Chief District Officer of Sarlahi, Ram Kumar Mahato, said that the people’s embankment office alone could not stop the erosion and urged the local municipalities to take initiative. The problem of erosion can only be solved with the coordination of all local levels, he added.
Source : TRN,