Itahari, Aug. 2: High level of alertness has been maintained in the downstream areas of the Bhotekoshi River in the seven eastern districts as the preparations were afoot to clear the large dam created with the blockade of the river by a huge mound glided into it at Jure of Ramche-5 in Sindhupalchowk district.
The dam is being cleared by blasting off the debris in order to minimize and prevent damages in the downstream areas in Sunsari, Bhojpur, Dhankuta, Saptari, Udayapur, Khotang and Okhaldhunga districts. Even the nearby VDCs have been made aware on it, said Mahashram Sharma, eastern regional administrator.
A total of 56 sluices of Koshi barrage have been opened now, said barrage control engineer Bimal Kumar, reminding that all sluices were kept open in August 18, 2008 last time.
According regional administrator Sharma, the high alertness have been placed at various fourteen VDCs of Khotang while at 13 of Udayapur, nine each of Saptari and Sunsari, five of Okhaldhunga and two of Dhankuta.
The people from 51 VDCs of these districts living in the areas (upriver) as far as 200 metres from the River have been urged to go for the safe places. Among the seven districts, Sunsari and Saptari are likely to suffer much, so high watchfulness has been realized here.
Moreover, the rescue teams of Nepal Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police are standby in view of the disaster in the related districts.
Meanwhile, the police have said the level of water current has decreased in the Saptakoshi River lately. Currently, Deputy Superintendent of Police Khageshwor Khatiwada has said the water flow in the Saptakoshi River is 128,930 cusec while it was 150,000 cusec yesterday.