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Fire destroys community forest in Doti

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DOTI — A fire has destroyed around 1,744 hectares of forest, including community and leasehold, in Doti district on Thursday.

According to Forest Officer of the Doti District Forest Office Badri Kumar Karki, the forest fire broke out in 85 community forests, two leasehold forests and other government-owned forests causing huge damages to the forest resources.

“Though efforts are on to take forest fire under control, the forest area is drying up due to long spell of drought and rising temperature”, he said, “It has made it more difficult to douse fire”.

There are 366 community forests and 196 leasehold forests in Doti.

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Flood sweeps away bridge at Barhabise

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CHUTARA — Flood and landslide triggered by the incessant rainfall have swept away a concrete bridge over a local Sandi stream at Barhabise bazaar last night.

It has resulted in disruption of vehicular movement, creating hassles to the people especially from Barhabise municipality and Bhotekoshi rural municipality, said Police Inspector at Area Police Office, Barhabise, Yadav Thapa.

Twenty-two houses of Barhabise bazaar area have been waterlogged after the settlement was flooded.

The Chinese government had constructed the 40-feet long bridge in 2024 BS. Mud and sands have piled up to five feet on the road sides.

Three excavators have been used to remove the landslide debris, added Thapa. Engineer at the Road Division Office, Charikot, said preparation was underway to install a bailey bridge there.

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