DoHM appeals to all for remaining in high alert on riverbanks

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The Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DoHM) has issued a notice for one and all residing alongside the riverbanks of certain swelling rivers in view of potential floods.

As the monsoon has become more active in the mid and eastern parts of country, the Department on Thursday issued the notice and asked people on the banks of Kankai, Koshi, Kamala, and Bagmati Rivers to remain highly alert.

Settlements surrounding the streams including Mechi, Ninda, Biring, Triyuga, Khando, Gaaga and Labkaiya are at high risk of inundation, according to the Department.

Hence, it has asked people in these areas to remain highly alert and prepare for rescue, said Department's senior hydrologist Rajendra Sharma.

Meanwhile, water level in the Saptakoshi River has hit record high as of now in the monsoon following the incessant rainfall for few days further triggering fear among the public residing in the riverside in Sunsari and Saptari districts.

The flow of water in the river was measured at 240,890 cusec Thursday noon.

Chief District Officer in Sunsari Gopal Prasad Parajuli said that out of 56 sluice gates, 30 were opened to drain out the water from the Koshi Barrage built in the River.

He assured that there was no such threat of flood and inundation due to the draining out of the water from the River which is the confluence of seven.

Police have been keeping the river under their scrutiny and observing precautions amid the increasing water flow in the Saptakoshi River, said Sunsari Police Chief Bidyananda Majhi. RSS

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