Biratnagar settlement inundated; locals blame Indian dam

Inundation in Budhanagar, Biratnagar-19, in June 2020.

Biratnagar, June 29

The Budhanagar human settlement near the Nepal-India border in Biratnagar metropolitan city, Morang, has been inundated as it rained in the past few days.

Local stakeholders including the city mayor, Bhim Parajuli, have claimed India unilaterally constructed a dam blocking the outflow of floodwater while constructing a railway track and an integrated check post (ICP).

The locals say the settlement in Biratnagar-18 is facing this problem for the past three years.

Meanwhile, a child reportedly drowned in a local stream near his house in the locality on Wednesday last week. The victim has been identified as Ankush Mandal, 7.

The ward chair, Rajesh Yadav, said the Indian authorities did not consult the Nepali side while constructing the dam. On the other hand, local Shambhu Kumar Yadav said concerned local authorities, including the local government, did not take initiatives to solve the problem.

Published on June 29th, Monday, 2020 3:09 PM

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