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Sindhupalchowk flood update: 31 swept by river go missing

NA's helicopters continue with rescue


Nepalnews
2021 Jun 16, 22:03,
A view of submerged houses in Melamchi Bazaar of Melamchi Municipality-11 in Sindhupalchowk district, on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Flooded Indrawati River gushed into Melamchi Bazaar following incessant reainfall. Photo: RSS

At least 31 persons have gone missing in the flood that occurred in Melamchi Bazaar of Melamchi Municipality-11 in Sindhupalchowk district.

Those missing were swept away by the local Indrawati River which has turned violent following incessant rains since last evening, according to Sindhupalchowk District Police Office.


A view of submerged house in Melamchi Bazaar of Melamchi Municipality-11 in Sindhupalchowk district, on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Flooded Indrawati River gushed into Melamchi Bazaar following incessant reainfall. Photo: RSS
A view of submerged house in Melamchi Bazaar of Melamchi Municipality-11 in Sindhupalchowk district, on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Flooded Indrawati River gushed into Melamchi Bazaar following incessant reainfall. Photo: RSS

The spokesperson for the DPO, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Prakash Sapkota said the body of one male has been recovered.

Three helicopters belonging to Nepali Army reached the district to carry out the rescue of flood survivors.


A helicopter belonging to Nepali Army being used to rescue people from flooded area in Melamchi Bazaar of Melamchi Municipality-11 in Sindhupalchowk district, on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Flooded Indrawati River gushed into Melamchi Bazaar following incessant reainfall. Photo: RSS
A helicopter belonging to Nepali Army being used to rescue people from flooded area in Melamchi Bazaar of Melamchi Municipality-11 in Sindhupalchowk district, on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Flooded Indrawati River gushed into Melamchi Bazaar following incessant reainfall. Photo: RSS

The Ministry of Home Affairs has managed food, tents and sleeping bags for the survivors. Minister for Health and Population Sher Bahadur Tamang who represents the Sindhupalchowk Constituency 2 in the House of Representatives is said to have held a meeting with Prime Minister for necessary rescue and relief in the flood-hit areas.


A view of submerged house in Melamchi Bazaar of Melamchi Municipality-11 in Sindhupalchowk district, on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Flooded Indrawati River gushed into Melamchi Bazaar following incessant reainfall. Photo: RSS
A view of submerged house in Melamchi Bazaar of Melamchi Municipality-11 in Sindhupalchowk district, on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Flooded Indrawati River gushed into Melamchi Bazaar following incessant reainfall. Photo: RSS

Meanwhile, the Melamchi Drinking Water Development Committee says eight Melamchi Drinking Water Project (MDWP) staff have gone missing in the flood. Among them, three are Chinese nationals, three Indians and two Nepalis.


Local residens are seen carrying their belongings to safer place in Melamchi Bazaar of Melamchi Municipality-11 in Sindhupalchowk district, on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Flooded Indrawati River gushed into Melamchi Bazaar following incessant reainfall. Photo: RSS
Local residens are seen carrying their belongings to safer place in Melamchi Bazaar of Melamchi Municipality-11 in Sindhupalchowk district, on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Flooded Indrawati River gushed into Melamchi Bazaar following incessant reainfall. Photo: RSS

A search operation is being carried out to find the missing workers with the help of the Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and the locals.

The MDWP said 76 people were rescued from the project construction site and airlifted to Kathmandu and Dhulikhel. All of them are said to be out of a life-threatening condition. The flood, however, has not caused damage to the project's major tunnel, water processing plant and the main dam.

Project camps, devices, construction materials, access road and bridge were swept away by the flood. The flood entered the project area at around 7:30 pm on Tuesday.

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