Seti gushes into houses‚ 32 families displaced

POKHARA: As many as 32 households in Ramghat, Hemja and Gaighat of Kaski were displaced after Seti River gushed into their houses this morning.

As many as 20 households of Ramghat, eight of Hemja, Yamdi and four of Gaighat were displaced when the houses were inundated by flood in the Seti followed by incessant rainfall. Around 20 families in the squatter settlement in Ramghat, 15 metres above the water level, were displaced after the swollen Seti flooded the area. Police backed by locals along with boats from Phewa Lake rescued those families at around 1:00am. Police were busy with rescue work from 1:15 to 3:00am.

SP Sailesh Thapa of Kaski District Police Office informed that 16 among the rescued were children. “They pleaded for help from rooftops and trees,” said SP Thapa. Their belongings and cattle were swept away by the flood. Rescued squatter families have been taking shelter in the houses of relatives.

The cremation area in Ramghat has also been inundated. Water gushed into four houses in Kasheri, Gaighat of Kaski as well. Bagar Area Police Office informed that displaced families have been sheltering in a near-by inn. More than 62 houses of squatters are in danger of being flooded. Likewise, Pokhara-Baglung Highway and Yamdi-based Bal Kalyan Primary School are also in danger.

Secretary of Seti Gandaki Flood Victim Concerned Committee Min Bahadur Thapa said the government has been trying to change the course of the Seti, but it’s an extremely difficult task.

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