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Flood Risk might hit Nepal due to Road Construction in India

Nepal suggests that the road construction in India might obstruct the flow of several rivers

  • Nepal authorities are concerned about the flood risks in Tarai region
  • The Nepal officials blame India’s road project for increasing risk of floods
  • Nepal came up with the issue during 11th meeting of Nepal-India Joint Border Management Meeting

Several parts of Nepal are facing flood from mid of June. Social media sites like Facebook and Whatsapp are continuously carrying out videos of Mahakali river gulping down various buildings in the Darchula district of Nepal. The village also borders the Uttarakhand state of India. According to International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) of Nepal, the region has not faced such a drastic flood in past 50 years.

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Amid of this, Nepal authorities are concerned about the flood risks in Tarai region. According to officials, several parts of Bardiya, Kapilvastu, Banke, Mahottari and Kanchanpur have become vulnerable to floods in the beginning of the monsoon seasons retaining the fact that Kapilvastu and Bardiya district faced huge flood during monsoon last year in 2015, said the kathmandupost.com report.

Road Construction (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Road Construction Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Nepal officials blame India’s road project for increasing risk of floods. India is speedily constructing a road parallel to the 1,751-kilometer Nepal-India border. Yadav Prasad Koirala, Spokesperson of Ministry of Home affairs, is currently making list of all the area of Western Nepal attacked by floods.

“The more roads India constructs along the border, the more vulnerable Nepali territory will become to floods,” said Yadva Prasad Koirala to Kathmandu Post. Koirala had also urged Indian government to hold Bilateral meeting between two nations as soon as possible

Following the problem, Nepal had urged Indian government to stop the road construction project. Nepal came up with the issue during the 11th meeting of Nepal-India Joint Border Management Meeting, held in Pokhara on Nepal’s request.

According to the kathmandupost.com report, Nepal suggested that many rivers flows from Nepal to India, but this construction could obstruct the flow of these rivers. Responding to Nepal’s need, India Has appointed a committee that will look after the impact of this road construction project. The committee had decided to conduct meetings with border district coordination committee frequently to solve the problem.

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Nepal had asked India to ensure proper drainage system along with proper design of constructing roads. India answered by saying that they had put a sufficient number of drainage system with proper alignment of roads and are not intended to cause any flood in Nepal.

India-Nepal Joint Bilateral Meeting (Source: wwfindia.org)
India-Nepal Joint Bilateral Meeting. Image Source: wwfindia.org

“We are ready to conduct a joint investigation of the sites whenever Nepal proposes,” said a senior official from the Indian government to the Washington Post.
Many other issues were discussed during the meeting like Terrorism, illegal activities of armed groups, illegal trafficking of women and children and exchange of counterfeit currency.

– This report is compiled by a Staff-writer at NewsGram.

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