Six Hundred Tourists Trapped In Sauraha Floods

Local authorities are seeking support from center to evacuate safely around 600 tourists, who were stranded due to flooding in Sauraha in Chitwan.

Aug. 13, 2017, 9:11 p.m.

At a time when Department of Hydrology and Meteorology issued a high alert for possible flood due to heavy in around Rapti river areas, local authorities are seeking support from center to evacuate safely around 600 tourists, who were stranded due to flooding in Sauraha in Chitwan.

The flood also badly affected the life of wild animals including rhinos, tigers and other. According to the Department of National Park National Park and Wildlife, there is no report of any casualty.

The swollen Rapti and Budhirapti Rivers have inundated many hotels in the tourist destination, and efforts were on to rescue the tourists trapped in flooded hotels with the help of tamed elephants, said Chairman of the Regional Hotel Association  Sauraha Suman Ghimire.

According to RSS, the Chief District Officer and the Nepal Tourism Board were informed about the situation and asked for a rescue operation. Elephants are being used to rescue the tourists trapped in Sauraha flash flood.

The trapped tourists include 200 Nepalis, 200 Indian and another 200 from various countries.

Chief District Officer Narayan Prasad Bhatta said efforts were on to shift the trapped tourists to a safer place.

Four rubber rafts have been sought from Devghat for the rescue operation, he added.

As the flood continues to devastated various parts of Nepal affecting millions of people, Nepal government requested all concerned to support the rescue and relief work.

According to Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, the weather will start to improve from Monday afternoon.

 

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