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Mahakali flood displaces 2,500

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Over 2,500 people have been displaced after the Mahakali burst its banks in the Darchula District headquarters, locals officials have said a day after the river started inundating large swathes of land in Khalanga.

A total of 77 houses -- 64 residential and 13 housing government offices -- have been swept away by the rain-swollen river, official figures show. As local officials scramble to provide shelter to the displaced, rainfall continues in the far-western town.

A meeting of the district natural disaster response committee has urged the government to immediately release Rs 5 million to provide relief to the displaced, an official at the district office informed. The local administration has ordered people living along the banks of the river to evacuate.

The river has been flooded following heavy rains on Sunday night. On Monday, it swept away Kalagadh Micro Hydro project's power house and its transformer. The District Education Office's Resource centre's two-storied building and the District Hospital's morgue were also swept away. While a few houses collapsed in Rigaune Tal, Brahmadev and Khalanga-2, Khalanga-5 has been worst hit.

District Police Office Darchula reported that its barracks had to be evacuated in view of the flood. Road leading to the district headquarters have been obstructed in many places.

Meanwhile, Sarswoti Rakhaula (38) from Dhap VDC, who was swept away by the Mahakali, still remains missing in the river. nepalnews.com