Sunday, 24 July 2016
Around 150 families of Gobargadha VDC have gone out of contact for the last two days after the swollen Saptakoshi River inundated the VDC in Saptari district. "We have not been able to send police personnel since the village has been swamped by the overflowing Saptakoshi River from all sides," said SP Bhim Dhakal, Chief of District Police Office, Saptari. Gobargadha VDC is often waterlogged when the water level in the Saptakoshi River crosses 200,000 cusecs, said social activist Sanjaya Yadav. “I have not been to the village since one week, I am in Rajbiraj now, he said. I have not been able to contact the village, either.” SP said he has directed Hanumannagar Area Police Office to contact the locals in Gobargadha VDC and do the needful, “The locals have the number of the police. They can also contact them when they are in trouble.” However, in the last two days, the police have not been able to contact them nor have they received any calls from the locals. There are around 400 households in Gobargadha VDC which is also known as an island in Saptari district. It is 12 km to the south-east of Rajbiraj. Plight of flood victims Most of the houses in the district have been inundated. Villagers cannot come out of their houses, let alone cooking and feeding children.
“There is three-foot-deep water in my house. How can I prepare food? Family members are not able to come out of the house. Children are without food for the last two days,” lamented Rajesh Mandal of Tilathi-2. The flood victims are running out of drinking water as the tube-wells have been submerged in water. The flood has affected around 4,000 families in the 18 VDCs of the Saptari district. District Police Office, Saptari has deployed around 500 security personnel (Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and Nepal Army) to the flood-hit area, said SP Dhakal. According to Dhakal, Tilathi, Sakarpura, Rampura, Malhaniya, Koiladi, Kobarsain, Bisahariya, Dighwa, Topa, Kajauli, Bathanaha, Mahadewa, Pakari, Bhagawatpur, Duribharuwa, among others, have been badly affected after the swollen Khando, Jita, Mahuli, Bhaluwahi rivulets entered the VDCs.
Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.
Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.
Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.