Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Bhotekoshi River flood sweeps away 25 houses

Posted by Anup Baral July 07, 2016 :
At least 25 houses were swept away on Wednesday by a flash flood in Bhotekoshi River in Sindhupalchok district after incessant rains since Tuesday night. Road sections and hydropower projects have suffered severe damage.

Bhotekoshi, a transboundary river originating from the Himalayas in the Tibet in China, saw a sudden rise in water levels--above four metres--at Barhabise at 9pm on Tuesday compared to 1.85 meters at around 5pm.

The Flood Forecasting Section under the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) had issued a high alert for the Bhotekoshi and Sunkoshi rivers up to Dolalghat, along the Araniko Highway, at 10pm and asked the downstream villagers to move to safer locations. “Locals had managed to move away from the vulnerable areas to safer locations after the timely alert. No human casualties were reported,” said Rishi Ram Sharma, director general at the DHM. Glacial lake outbursts flooding events were reported in the Bhotekoshi and Sunkoshi rivers.

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