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At least nine houses swept away in Nepal floods

india Updated: Jul 03, 2006 13:22 IST

At least nine houses have been swept away near the Pashupatinath Temple here due to floods in the holy Bagmati River following heavy incessant rains.

The ancient temple did not suffer any damage in Sunday's flood, police said.

Water level in the river rose as the doors of the Rajrajeshwori dam under the Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) responsible for managing the Pashupatinath Temple area, could not be opened for allowing water to flow, police said.

Locals assisted by the police managed to rescue children and elderly from the area and used a crane to remove their belongings as the flood swept away their houses. At least ten families were left homeless in the area.

Angry locals staged gherao at the PADT Office and also vandalised a room of the senior official for not opening the sluice gate of the dam on time resulting in swelling of the river, police said.

Had the officials opened the dam doors on time, the damage would have been minimised, a student activist said. Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Pradip Gyawali visited the area after the incident.

The government has arranged for the displaced people to be temporarily housed at a nearby rest house and provided them with food and water.

The victims will also be provided Rs 4,000 cash each as immediate relief and necessary arrangements will be made for their resettlement.