RAUTAHAT — Dozens of people have gone missing after a boat with around 40 persons onboard was swept away by a flooded Lal Bakaiya River at Gaur in Rautahat district on Saturday.
Search and rescue efforts are underway to find the missing persons, officials say.
District police chief SP Kedar Dhakal said 15 persons swam to safety while others are missing in the incident that occurred at around 7 pm.
The boat was heading to Tikuliya from Banjara village in the district.
A team of officials including Chief District Officer (CDO) Govinda Prasad Rijal had reached the site. CDO Rijal said rescue teams with divers are carrying out the rescue works.
Security personnel have also been deployed on river banks. Locals have joined security forces in the rescue works.
It has been learned that locals who had gone across the river to toil on fields and fetch grass got aboard the boat overlooking the rise in water levels following a flood in the river.Follow @gorkhapost
Mahanawami being observed today
KATHMANDU- Mahanawami, the ninth day of Bada Dashain, is being observed throughout the country.
Since early morning, a large number of devotees visit the temples of goddesses Mahakali, Shri Mahalaxmi and Durga Bhagawati.
On this day, prayers are offered and Durga Saptasati recited at the Shaktipeeths.
Chicken, ducks, goats, sheep and buffaloes are sacrificed and vegetarians offer coconuts, radish, bottle-gourds, etc in the place of animals.
Thousands of people worship at the Taleju Bhawani temple at Hanumandhoka which is opened once a year on the day of Mahanawami.Follow @gorkhapost