Recurring Melamchi Flood


The first spell of monsoon this year wreaked havoc in several parts of the country in the third week of June. The most affected location is Melamchi in Sindhupalchowk district. A massive flood hit the Melamchi area following a torrential rainfall. It wreaked havoc not only at Melamchi Bazaar but also other low lying areas. Floodwaters of the Melamchi River inundated the nearby settlements and main market, displacing more than 100 families and causing destruction worth millions of rupees. Several persons died. Besides this, many resorts, farmlands, trout fish farms, two motorable bridges and six suspension bridges at Helambu and Melamchi Bazaar were swept away. Most significantly, the floodwater damaged the Melamchi Water Supply Project whose reoperation has become uncertain.

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