India to study Koshi floods devastation on Nov 4

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{image-Koshi floodKoshi floods_04112008.jpg}Kathmandu, Nov 4: A high-level technical team from India will arrive here on Tuesday, Nov 4 to study the devastation caused by the Koshi floods and prepare a long-term plan to avert the perennial problem.

The Indian team led by Chairman of Central Water Commission of India A K Bajaj will visit Koshi-ravaged areas for two days starting from November 5. According to sources, the visit will be followed by discussions with senior Nepali officials and experts from the Ministry of Water Resources. The visiting Indian team will try to find durable solutions for Koshi embankment protection, according to the agreement reached at the Joint Committee on Water Resources (JCWR) talks that concluded here on October 1.

The bilateral talks headed by Water Resources Secretaries from both countries, expected the flow of water from the breached embankment to stop by the middle of December and the afflux bund. The raised embankment built upstream of the barrage would be restored to its original section by the end of March 2009.

The Koshi burst its embankment at West Kushaha in Sunsari district on August 18, subsequently affecting over 60,000 people in Nepal and 3.2 million in Bihar, Kantipur reported.


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