Saturday, 12 August 2017

More than 2200 houses inundated, 350 families displaced in Sapotari

Posted by Anup Baral | August 12, 2017 : Floods have wreaked havoc in Saptari district once again, inundating around 1,500 houses and displacing over 350 families. According to the local level officers, the entire southern part of the district has been submerged in water. They say that Kobsain, Banarjhula, Tilathi, Belhi, Hanumnagar, Kankalini and other areas have been severely affected by the floods. “Around 1,500 houses have been submerged in water and 350 families have been displaced. They have been forced to live under the open sky,” said Rajendra Karna, secretary of Tilathi-Koiladi Rural Municipality. “They have gathered at the Jaldau-Kushaha road section and are living there,” he added.
Among those displaced, over 50 are children, women and elderly people and their situation is worse, he stated. According to Karna, rescue and relief is challenging because there is no means of transport available. The floods have reoccurred because of incessant rain on Thursday. Locals lament that flood is not a new thing in Saptari. Every monsoon, it bothers them. However, nothing is done beforehand to prevent the losses, they say. According to social campaigner Rajesh Kumar of Tilathi, Koiladi - 1, over 400 houses are half submerged in water in his ward. The ward office, health post, police post, schools etc have been submerged in water. Similarly, the main as well as sub roads have also been badly affected by the flood, he informed. “We can say that the whole village is inundated. Nothing is left. People cannot stay at home. Those who are in the village cannot come out,” Kumar said. “The situation of the elderly, children and cattle even worse,” he added. A local of Sakarpur, Shivanath Yadav said that around 250 houses have been submerged in water in his village. Flood has basically affected the Dalit community, he said. Similarly, over 50 houses in Launiya have been affected by the flood, locals said. “The flood has not left anything untouched. However, due to their location and vulnerability, the Dalit community has been the most hard-hit,” Yadav said. “Every time, it is the poor people who get the greatest blow of natural calamities,” he added. Since yesterday, the flooded areas have been in a mess. People do not have shelter and food. While other communities are still believed to be in better condition, Dalits have become completely homeless.

Guide of the month: January 2018

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.