HETAUDA, July 15 -- On Sunday, Dil Bahadur Theeng from Faparbazaar in Bagmati Rural Municipality carried his son on his back and across Chaurakhola to Janata Secondary School.

Due to incessant rains for the past three days, Chaurakhola's water level has risen significantly, making it dangerous for children to cross the river and make it to school on their own.

"My son would have liked to skip school altogether but his terminal examination started on Sunday so he cannot afford to miss school," said Theeng.

Home to around 200 households, Faparbazaar lies 45km away from the district headquarters of Hetauda. Over 200 students from the bazaar have to cross Chaurakhola every day to get to school.

For the students and parents, however, it was ...