Kathmandu: Landslides triggered by incessant rainfall have obstructed different highways across the country leaving thousands of passengers marooned.
According to the Department of Roads, 13 national highways across the country have been obstructed till 10:30 am on Thursday. Similarly, one-way traffic is operational on 56 highways. Likewise, two-way traffic is operational on 35 highways.
The Narayangadh-Muglin road stretch has again witnessed traffic disruptions after landslides took place in Bharatpur Metropolitan City-29, Setidobhan at 8.00 pm last night.
According to District Police Office Chitwan Chief, Om Prasad Adhikari, two JCV excavators have been mobilized since early this morning to remove the debris with boulders that put the traffic operations out of gear. It may take further time to clear off the road if further heavy equipment is required to use for breaking the boulders, he added.
The two-way traffic that had come into operations on the road stretch since 6.00 pm Wednesday has again witnessed obstructions. As informed, the debris is still sliding on the road. Hundreds of vehicles have been stranded along the road section due to traffic disruptions.
Landslides obstruct Bhimdutta Highway
Landslides have obstructed the Bhimdutta Highway that connects the seven hilly districts of Sudurpaschim Province. Traffic operations have come to a grinding halt along the highway since 3.00 am this morning. Locals said the landslide occurred at Ganyapdhura rural municipality-1, Shahukharka of Dadeldhura disrupted the highway traffic. Efforts are on to clear off the debris since early this morning so as to resume the highway.
Prithvi Highway remains obstructed in Tanahun
Owing to incessant rain and subsequent flood, the Prithvi highway has been obstructed at Myagde rural municipality-4 in Tanahun. DSP Yubaraj Timilsena informed the rain-triggered flood obstructed the highway. Police personnel and locals are working together to reduce the water level in the swollen rivulet.