KATHMANDU, July 6 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of people along the Nepal-China border in Sindhupalchowk district have started moving to the safer locations due to the monsoon-triggered massive flood and landslides on Wednesday.
The incessant rainfall since Tuesday night, the swollen Bhotekoshi River and landslides along the border area have led to the displacement of human settlements.
Issuing a statement, the District Administrative Office (DAO) Sindhupalchowk informed that more than 20 houses were completely damaged in Tatopani Liping area whereas two parked trippers, canteen of Tatopani Customs Office and a bridge have been swept away by the monsoon induced disaster in the border.
Though no any human casualty has been reported so far, human settlements on the river bank have been evacuated, according to DAO.
Hundreds of people from Tatopani, Barhabise, Lamo Sanghu and Khadichaur have been moving to safer locations out of high risk of inundation as the water flow in the Bhotekoshi River has significantly increased since last night. Bhotekoshi River has been flowing at 1.5 meters higher than the normal days, the statement reads.
The flooding has also swept away Tatopani-based Mansarobar Boarding School and embankment of Upper Bhotekoshi Hydropower Project at Das Kilo, putting more than 200 houses into high risk.
Local Police Office reported that the swollen river has caused land erosion in multiple sections of Araniko Highway that leads Nepal to its northern neighbor, resulting to disruption.
Araniko Highway is regarded as a lifeline for Sino-Nepal trading which is the shortest distance route between the two neighbors. However, the Tatopani border point, some 130 kilometers away from the capital city, has not been in operation for cross border trading since the April 25 massive earthquake last year.
According to the Home Ministry, nearly 100 incidents of flood and landslide have occurred across the country since mid-April, taking the lives of more than 40 people.