With torrential rains lashing many parts of Kanchanpur district and low-lying areas inundated, seven primary schools are facing risk from impending floods.
Land of two schools at Dekhalbhuti, four at Jhalari and one at Pipaladi is already eroded by floodwaters. It is said that if situation goes out of hand, the schools may be face monsoon’s wrath anytime.
Parents have been ringing alarm bells as the authorities concerned are not alive to potential danger. "Last year, our school’s entire land and playground was swept away," said Headmaster of Siddha Primary School Uttam Oadh. The same situation may happen this time around too, he said.
The rising water level of Sanbare River, is just about to reach the building of Siddha School after eroding land. "We have sent SOS to the VDC, DDC and the District Education Office, to no avail," Oadh said.
Meanwhile, land of Dasharath Primary School of Jhalari, built by donors, is also constantly being eroded by floodwaters. If the erosion is not tamed, anything can happen to the school, said Chairman of School Management Committee Dil Bahadur Budha.
Dashrath School, Siddha Baijan School of Kaluwapur, Trumurti Primary School of Tupreshwor, Mangal Primary School of Sisaiya and Siddha Primary School of Piplaladi are close to Sunbora River, which has flooded following torrential rains.
Similarly, Saraswoti Primary School of Chitrapur, nearby Banhara River, Shiva Community School, close to Doda River is also at flood risks.
Incessant rainfall has put two wards of Dhaubadi VDC in Nawalparasi district at risk of a landslide.
A landslide has already started at Ramche of the VDC atop Kerunge Khola, raising fears among local people. Around 84 families live in Ramche. Four families were displaced last year when a landslide had occurred in the same area.
Former ward chairman Jeet Bahadur Shrestha said fearfulness has gripped people as a landslide has started at Ramche. He said around 600 households are at risk of inundation.
The river has been eroding farmland, he said, adding that people’s movement has nearly come to a halt at Ward No 9 with rains damaging walking trails.
(Source: The Rising Nepal, News by Kanchanpur Correspondent of Rising Nepal)