Eight villages in the Doty region were eroded by the Seti River. Gabion barbed wire was built along the river, but the erosion did not stop.
The areas of Barpatha, Gopghat, Kalagad, Sirkholi Sain, Dipayal, Goltada and Naridhang are at high risk of loss into the river. According to local residents, locals must sta
y awake all night to avoid possible danger.
“We spend a lot of money every year to keep the water level with gabion wires to control the river,” says Dipayal of Water Disaster Management.
But the attempt was in vain, said Dil Bahadur Bhandari of Pipalla in Silgadhi 4 Municipality. “Every year millions of dollars are spent on budgets, but every time a building collapses in a flood, the land is cut down. The whole town is concerned.”
Every year, the Seti River changes course during seasonal rains, destroying nearby settlements. Laxman Saud, a resident of Silgadi-1’s Sirkoli neighborhood, said everyone was concerned about the wrath of the Seti River.
Banleg residents at Shikhar Municipality-10 and 11 also said they always panic during the rainy season. They stayed up all night.
Ram Bahadur Karki, from Kalgadh in the municipality of Shikhar 2, complained that authorities were unable to control the erosion of the river and that the settlements of Dipayal, Banidugrisain, Sirkholisain, Kalagad, Rampur, Gerupani and Goltada Nadirang faced constant threats. “When a river changes course, its land is taken away. However, no concrete action has been taken to address this serious problem,” he said.
Meanwhile, heavy rains have blocked more than a dozen rural roads in the area.
Dev Bahadur Bohara, secretary-general of the Nepal Red Cross Association in Sudurpashim Province, reported that 22 sites in the region have been identified as the most vulnerable. Thus, a material search and rescue center was created. Similarly, 12 people received search and rescue training during the disaster, he added.
However, there is no data on how much land in the area is in a vulnerable state.