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Radio Melamchi building collapses, suspension bridge washed away by flood

The building of Radio Melamchi has collapsed due to floods in Melamchi since Saturday night. Chairman of Radio Melamchi Dambar Rasik

01 August 2021 09:50 AM, ✍️ UPDATED: 4 months ago

01 August 2021 09:50 AM

The building of Radio Melamchi has collapsed due to floods in Melamchi since Saturday night. Chairman of Radio Melamchi Dambar Rasik Bharti informed that the building collapsed at 12:40 last night.

Earlier, heavy floods on June 15 had turned Helambu, Kiwool, and Melamchi markets into bogs. The building of Radio Melamchi was not destroyed even though it was flooded at that time. After the floods subsided, the radios were moved to safer places and the radios were operated by alternative means.

Chairman Bharti said that the radio building was also destroyed by the floods on Saturday night. Details of the damage caused by the floods at night are yet to come. 

The administration has urged to remain vigilant as Melamchi could cause further damage.

Earlier, Nima Galgen Sherpa, chairperson of the Melamchi River, had requested the residents of the Melamchi River coastal area to be vigilant saying that Nakotekhola was flooded. He said that the river was flooded with the same sound as June 15.

Meanwhile, a local Hast Pandit informed that water was still flowing from the red bridge of Chanaute in Helmbus. The flood has also washed away the kitchen of Talamarang Police Post.

Similarly, a suspension bridge in Gyalthum has been washed away. According to Rajan Adhikari, Superintendent of Police, District Police Office, Sindhupalchowk, Gyalthum Bazaar is also at risk due to rising river level.

Formation of Flood Victims Concern Committee

The flood-affected people of Helambu have formed a struggle committee saying that the local, state, and central governments have ignored them. They have formed a 35-member Helambu-Melamchikhola flood victims committee under the chairmanship of Bharat Thapa on Saturday.

The committee has Mingmar Sherpa as vice-chairman and Arjun Bhandari as secretary. They have complained that even 45 days after the floods, no local, state, or central government has listened to the affected people.

On the occasion, Chairman Thapa informed that the committee would coordinate and struggle with the three levels of government if necessary. Thapa said that an all-party committee has been formed to assist in rescuing and rehabilitating the flood-affected and rebuilding the damaged structures. 

The June 15 floods have completely damaged 90 houses in Helambu and displaced hundreds.







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