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Nepal's Mahakali floods Darchula, red flag placed, emergency declared

Heavy rainfall has caused massive flooding in Mahakali river. The District Administration Office (DAO) has declared a flood emergency in the area. The bridge over the Mahakali River is currently closed and a red flag has been placed to indicate the sign of danger in the Mahakali bridge. Similarly flooding in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh region of India has claimed lives of hundreds of people.
Report prepared by Ashish Khanal and Bivek Bhattarai from Nepal.

Update 11:00 UTC

Nepal Government has allocated Rs. 500 million for the reconstruction of physical infrastructure including roads, and drinking water projects in the flooded areas. Similarly the goverment has also decided to provide Rs. 35,000 as a relief to the each displaced family.

Update 2013/06/20; 05:00 UTC

-A high-level team including Chairman of Election Council Khil Raj is going for inspection of flood affected areas today. Team will have aerial view of Darchula , Kanchanpur and Kailali districts.
-Flood victims have refused to accept the relief package sent by government. They protest pointing goverment for not providing detail report of flood damage and not being able to provide relief materials on time.
-Another landslide in Palpa has claimed lives of three members of a single family.

Update 23:50 UTC

-In another news, more than four hundred Nepali pilgrims bound for Badrinath-Kedarnath have been stranded in Uttarakhad State of India, Kantipur has written in its online edition. Click here for the list of rescued people.

Update 12:30 UTC

-A Fishtail Air chopper has crashed on the banks of the Karnali River in Humla district.
-One killed and five others reported to be injured. The team was sent for rescue of people affected by landslides in Muchu-9 in Hilsa village.

Update 2013/06/19; 06:15 UTC

-The Nepal Government has announced a relief package for the flood and landslides victims. Flood relief package was announced during an emergency cabinet meeting with ministers of concerned ministries and other stakeholders related to disaster management and preparedness.
-Rs 100 million fund will carry essential materials and emergency aid to affected people. Similarly the flood and landslide relief fund under the Prime Minister has also been increased to Rs 400 million from Rs 190 million.
-Government has reported 18 deaths with more than 25 missing.

Update 12:45 UTC

-Now death toll from landslides across Nepal has risen to 25. Landslides have claimed lives of another 12 people and injured two others at Mumra VDC in Kalikot district.
-Foods have also swept away one wooden bridge and a suspension bridge in Kalikot.
-Teams of the Nepal Army and Nepal Police have been deployed to the incident site for the rescue work, The Himalayan Times reported.
-In another landslide in Solukhumbu district, at least 10 households have been displaced.


-The government has decided to release Rs.5million each for the rescue and relief of flood victims in Darchula and Kanchanpur districts.
-Rescue workers will also carry necessary medicines, drinking water, clothes and relief materials through the Health and Population Office, Urban Development Office and the Red Cross Society.
-Water flow rate in Karnali is measured at 18,460 cusec which is the highest water flow in 100 years.
The monsoon arrived early in Nepal and northern India this year. Below is a you tube video prepared by Image Channel.

Update 10:50 UTC

-Landslide has killed at least 13 persons in far-western districts of Achham, Baitadi and Dailkeh.
-The district natural disaster response committee has urged the government to immediately release Rs 5 million to provide flood relief.
-Following road networks across Nepal have been obstructed:
Tanahun-Jamune road
Arghakhanchi-Sandikharka road
Kalikot-Karnali Highway
Salyan-Rukum road
Dadeldhura-Dipayal road
Bajura-Martadi road
Beni-Jomsom road
Dailekh- Naumule road
Kathmandu-Hetauda road

Update 06:40 UTC

-Nepal Army helicopter in scheduled to go Darchula with flood relief materials at 01:00 pm (around 07:15 UTC).
-Flooding in Narayani and Rapti reiver in Chitwan has been reported.
-Parts of Narayngadh-Mugling highway is also closed.

Update 05:45 UTC

-Landslide in Dailekh, Nepal has claimed lives of at least seven people.
-Landslide hit Malika VDC-2 of Dailekh district and killed seven members of a single family. Three of them are children below age 7.
-Another landslide disaster in Baitadi has claimed lives of five of a single family.
-The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) said local administrations, security personnel and rescue team to stay on high alert in the disaster area.

Update 2013/06/18; 04:30 UTC

-According to Darchula District Police Office, Mahakali river has washed away 14 houses, four temples, three government offices and 17 huts.
-Hundreds of schools in Bhairahawa, Butwal and Palpa are closed due to bad weather.
-Huge traffic jams are reported along the East-West Mahendra Highway and Siddhartha Highway.
Below is another video of flooding in Mahakali river.

Massive flooding in the Mahakali River wreaked havoc in Khalanga, the district headquarters of Darchula making 53 families homeless.

At least two women have gone missing after floods swept away 45 houses and five government buildings. More than 20 houses were swept away in Dharchula bazaar.

Following Darchula Police Office, Majakali washed away more than 30 houses at Bangabagad and Renganetal, six houses at Galfai and an education resource centre at Titarsain.

A powerhouse of Kalagada Micro Hydro Project at Bramhadev VDC has also been washed away, The Himalayan Times reported.

Related post: Flooding disasters in Nepal in 2013

Twenty-three sand miners stranded along Mahakali river were rescued by locals in Piparaiya of Kanchanpur.

Local administration has already ordered people living along the banks of Majakali river in Darchula to evacuate as there are no embankments along the river.

The District Administration Office (DAO) has declared an emergency in the area.

At least 50 police personnel from District Police Office and 50 Nepal Army personnel are involved in flood relief and rescue work.

Water level in the Mahakali river recorded has been at 138,300 cusec on Thursday which is the highest level so far this year.

India has opened the gates of Mahakali barrage to minimise the flood risk. The bridge over the Mahakali River is currently closed and a red flag has been placed to indicate the sign of danger in the Mahakali bridge.

Below is a video of flooding in Mahakali river.

Heavy rainfall has caused landslides and flooding all across Nepal. Lightning claimed 6 lives in Parsa and Siraha districts of Nepal. At least four people including three children are reported to be missing in landslide in Humala district of Nepal.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 17, 2013


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