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Dozens missing as boat capsizes in Lal Bakaiya River

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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.

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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.

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Massive fire guts property worth millions in Itahari

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ITAHARI- Goods, raw materials and equipments worth over Rs 20 million were gutted when a fire broke out at the Laxmi Foam Industry at Khanar of Itahari Sub-metropolitan City-10 in Sunsari district this morning.

It is said the fire suddenly broke out from the warehouse area of the industry where the ready-made goods are stored. Police have speculated that the fire started at 4 am when the industry had already closed and there were no workers inside.

The industry is owned by Bhanu Tibadewala. According the Shankar Thakur, the manager at the industry, the raw materials of doormat and important machinery at the industry have also been damaged in the inferno.

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Nepal Army, the Armed Police Force and the Nepal Police personnel as well as the Itahari fire brigade made attempts to douse the fire after some time it started.

Fire trucks from Dharan, Inaruwa, Biratnagar, Duhabi and Sundarharaincha were immediately called into service thereby bringing the huge inferno under control and preventing further damage, said Shiva Kumar Shrestha, Deputy Superintendent of Police at the Area Police Office Itahari.

He said the cause of the fire is not yet ascertained and the extent of damage is being assessed.

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