ASI, including two others swept away by Rapti River

KATHMANDU: Three people including a head constable of armed police force, who had been deputed to save people from drowning, died in the flooded Rapti river today.

Head constable Ram Bahadur Rana was mobilized from the Jwalamai Battalion in Bhaluwang to rescue people affected by the floods in Banghusri of Satabariya VDC.

The other victims are Khairu Nisad,45, of Sihaniya VDC and Gyan Bahadur Pun of Gobadiya VDC, police said.

Around a dozen villages in the Deukhuri region have been inundated following incessant rainfall since Thursday night.

Meanwhile, floods in the Rapti river has crossed the danger level in Banke district putting people in Holia, Matehiya, Gangapur, Narainapur, Fattehpur and Laxmanpur VDCs at risk of being swept away.

As a result the local administration has kept the rescue, relief and health groups and equipment on a ‘ready’ position, according to Chief District Officer, Dhundi Raj Pokharel.

The construction of the Laxmanpur dam and embankment by the Indian side next to the Nepal-India border too has affected the natural flow of the Rapti river, and thereby putting at risk the lives of people living in more than a dozen VDCs in Bank district.

Likewise, the Nepalgunj town area has been water-logged with knee-high water levels in Bulbuliya, Bankegaon, Gharbaritole, Dhambojhi, Ganeshpur, Fultekra, Salyanibag, Gangangunj, Koreanpur, Bhrikutinagar areas.

Due to lack of sufficient outlet for the rain water, many homes in the town area have also been inundated. RSS

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