Koshi Water level on Rise
Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 2, 2010
ITAHARI: With incessant rainfall in the hilly regions, water flow in the Saptakoshi River has not receded below the danger level though the intensity of downpour in the Tarai region has reduced.
Both Nepal and Indian governments have intensified dam construction work to avert possible disaster. According to Mohan Bhattarai, Engineer at Water-induced Disaster Prevention Division, Biratnagar, the water level in the river was above danger line yesterday and today. The water flow was recorded at 230,000 cusecs on Saturday while it stood at 174,000 cusecs today.
Generally, it is considered dangerous if the water flow exceeds 150,000 cusecs per second in the river. The red flag placed on the Koshi barrage is still there. The water level today was higher than the water level on August 18, 2008. Bhattarai said the concerned authorities from both Nepal and India were on high alert as there was chance of heavy downpour. According to Bhattarai, works land erosion control is going on well.
Meanwhile, India has stationed technicians and workers at temporary camps in various places that are under its jurisdiction for the embankment’s safety.
Bhattarai claimed that if both India and Nepal had taken precautions the last time the water level rose in the Saptakoshi River, so much damage would have been prevented. Meanwhile, a team of high government officials from Nepal on Saturday observed the embankment site.
The high level team including Chief Secretary Madhav Prasad Ghimire, Secretary at Irrigation Ministry Umakanta Jha, Secretary at General Administration Ministry Balananda Poudel and General Manager at Department of Irrigation Anil Pokhrel observed the sites at Pulthegauda and Patanali of Barahchetra and Koshi barrage.