Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Floods and landslides damages 26 hydropower projects, multiple road sections

 The floods and landslides triggered by incessant rainfall caused physical damage of around Rs 3 billion. It is estimated that the under construction 44 MW Super Madi Hydropower Project in Madi of Kaski alone has caused a loss of over Rs 1 billion, according to Independent Power Producers' Association (IPPAN).

The rainfall induced floods damaged 16 under construction projects and 10 projects generating electricity, the IPPAN confirmed, adding that more than two dozen hydropower projects were affected till 8 PM today.

"Most of the hydropower projects -- both under construction and completed -- in the Dordi Corridor, Marsyangdi Corridor and Madi Corridor have been affected by the floods and landslides," the IPPAN informed, adding that the details of the damage have not been received from all the places yet. "Thought there has been a lot of physical damages, no immediate reports of injuries or human casualties have been reported."

Construction materials, equipment, dams, tunnels and other structures of the hydropower projects under construction have been damaged due to the landslide, it adds.

The floods and landslides also damaged more than two dozen roads and more than a dozen bridges have collapsed in various places.

The Department of Roads (DoR) confirmed that most of the damage has been reported on Karnali Highway and Siddhartha Highway causing a loss of billions. "There still obstruction in 8 road sections till 8 PM today, and one-way transportation services came into operation in 11 places and two-way in three places of the blocked highway."

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