Eight various hydroelectricity projects have been damaged by the monsoon-induced disasters this year.
A study conducted by the Department of Electricity under the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation showed that these projects were damaged due to floods and landslides. The total capacity of the damaged projects is 208 megawatts (MW).
The flood and landslide in the Dordi river in Lamjung on June 14 and 15 damaged the 12-MW capacity Dordi-1 Hydroelectricity Project. Similarly, another hydropower project of 27MW capacity being developed by Himalayan Power Partner Ltd was also damaged.
The Department said the 25-MW Upper Dordi and the 54-MW Super Dordi 'Kha' have also been damaged.
The study shows that the total four projects being developed in the Dordi River corridor have suffered damage.
Likewise, the flood has damaged the 15.33-MW Kalanga Khola Hydropower Project. This project suffered damages due to floods and landslides on June 14 and 15.
Also damaged due to the flood and landslide are the 24-MW Madame Khola Project, the 7.27-MW Yamling Khola Project and the 44-MW Super Madi Project. The construction materials and equipment of the project have been swept away by the flood. The floodwater entered the powerhouse of the project causing damage to it.
The Independent Power Producers Association of Nepal (IPPAN) has called on the government to provide compensation to the projects that have suffered damage due to the floods and landslides.