Some settlements in Kalikot along the Karnali River are at high risk of floods and landslides.
Lalighat of Narharinath Gaonpalika-1, Jite Bazaar of Shubhkali Gaonpalika-1, Shantighat Bazaar of Sanni Triveni Gaonpalika, Padamghat of Mahawai Gaonpalika, Nagma Bazaar of Tilagufa Municipality, and Bhurabgar of Pachaljharna Gaonpalika are at high risk of floods and landslides during the rainy season.
These settlements built around the Karnali Highway and the Karnali Corridor are new settlements built after the advent of the highway.
Chairman of Narharinath Village Municipality Dhir Bahadur Bista said that the settlements built after the construction of Karnali Highway and Karnali Corridor are at high risk of floods and landslides.
“Markets along the Karnali River are built with the pace of development,” he said. These were not before. The new settlements are at high risk because they are on the river bank. ”
Jite Bazaar and Lalighat Bazaar at the foot of the Karnali River and Tila River are at high risk of floods, said Bista.
“Eight people were killed in a landslide in Lalighat in 2016” he said.
Netra Bista, a local trader of Narharinath-1, Lalighat, said that markets have been set up in many places along the river after the Karnali Corridor, where the market dwellers of these high-risk areas have been living for years.
“The distance between Lalighat Bazaar and the river bank was 25 meters earlier but the river has been flooded by the river since Sunday night.
It is not known when the market will sink as the flow of water in the river is increasing at the same rate, ”he said.“
These settlements along the river are new. Citizens are doing business at their own risk for their livelihood. ”
Bhurabgar Bazaar of Pachaljharna village municipality of Kalikot is also at high risk of floods and landslides, said village chairman Khadkaraj Sejuwal.
“We have told the slum dwellers many times to go elsewhere, but they do not agree,” he said. Tomorrow could be a big risk. ”
Chief District Officer of Kalikot, Krishna Prasad Acharya, said that they have requested to relocate the settlements and markets at high risk of floods and landslides in the district.
“The meeting of the District Disaster Management Committee has been urging the people of the slums who are at risk to stay in a safe place and relocate the slums since April,” he said.
Floods and landslides in Kalikot last year killed 53 people and destroyed tens of millions of rupees.
One thousand families were displaced.
According to the District Police Office, Kalikot, three people have been killed in floods and landslides since the onset of the rainy season this year.