Mahottari, Aug. 14: The East-West highway has been obstructed after a bridge over Rato khola (rivulet) collapsed Wednesday night. The rivulet is located at the border of Mahottari and Dhanusha districts.
Chief District Officer of Mahottari, Rabilal Pantha, said that the highway obstructed after the swollen rivulet following incessant rainfall broke down a pillar towards Mahottari section.
Vehicles heading towards east have been stationed at Bardibas of Mahottari and vehicles en route towards west at Lalghad of Dhanusha after the bridge collapsed.
A team comprising CDO Pantha, Superintendent of Police, Ram Prasad Shrestha, among others has reached the incident site. Thousands of passengers have been stranded due to this, it is learnt.
SP Shrestha said that preparation was underway to resume the traffic after bringing Janakpur-Jaleshwor-Bardibas road section into operation as an alternative route.