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Nepal: Protests in Sindhupalchawk against Chinese road construction firm after landslides, damage to houses

News Agencies | Updated on: 22 June 2021, 10:00 IST

A Chinese firm -- China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC), responsible for road construction in Nepal's Sindhupalchawk has been witnessing people's fury over the landslide incidents and damage to houses in the district.

Nepal Aaj reported that people in the Himalayan Nation protested against the Chinese company and demanded payment for damages faced by them. They blamed the company for causing serious environmental disaster causing landslides and damaging houses at the location.

Last week, a widespread flood in Nepal damaged critical infrastructure. Officials said the excess rains had led to the rivers overflowing due to the suspected glacier burst, which resulted in widespread destruction.

Several people, who have been displaced due to floods as they have lost their houses and properties, are in a state of shock. Melamchi town, once a brimming marketplace and centre of attraction, now remains submerged in a thick layer of mud, sand and water after the flood. As per the official, about 200 houses in town have been damaged partially or completely in mayhem which began with onset of monsoon.

Hundreds of families who resided in the area have taken shelter in a local school, located a few hundred meters away from the main market square. As the blocked river made its way downhill, it has completely changed the lives of families living there as most of all people have lost all of their belongings in the flood compelling them to make a fresh start.

Nepal Army along with Armed Police Force and the Nepal Police had conducted rescue and search operations in the flood-ravaged area, which has continued to be submerged under a thick layer of mud and high flowing water.

One of the epicentres of the 2015 earthquake, Sindhupalchok has been witnessing damages due to floods and landslides on an annual basis. With the onset of the monsoon in the Himalayan nation, incidents of floods and landslides are expected to rise further.

Almost 80 per cent of the annual rain in Nepal is received during the monsoon (June-September). The average annual rainfall is 1,600 mm, but it varies by eco-climatic zones (3,345 mm in Pokhara and below 300 mm in Mustang).

The Meteorological Forecasting Division (MFD) has estimated the high mountainous region of Nepal to receive 55 to 65 per cent rainfall (snow mainly) in 2021. Additionally, average rainfall is estimated to be anywhere between 35 to 45 per cent in Lumbini, Gandaki, Bagmati and in the western part of Province 2, while Terai region of Province 1 and eastern region of Province 2 are likely to receive less-than-average rainfall.


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First published: 22 June 2021, 10:00 IST