HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
ITAHARI: Water flow in Koshi increased to a record high of this year following heavy rainfall in the eastern hilly districts, sources said today.
According to Koshi Barrage-based Control Division’s an Indian technician said that water flow had climbed up abruptly today.
Water flow was measured at 2,06,200 cusec per second at 6 pm in the evening. After the water level rose, out of the 56, 32 floodgates were opened.
Barrage was supposed to withstand water flow of up to 9 lakh cusec per second at the time of its construction.
But, due to sedimentation in the river beds and overage of the barrage, water level rise in Koshi terrorizes people living nearby the river.
Last year, water level in Koshi had reached 3 lakh cusec per second. Four years ago, when Koshi breached the eastern embankment its flow was measured 1,67,000 per second. After the water level crosses 1,50,000, red light is lit as a sign of danger.
Likewise, red flag is hoisted in the east and west as an indication of danger.
Meanwhile, rising water flow in Mahakali River has blocked movement of the people from Nepal’s Gaddachauki to India.
Water level in Mahakali today increased due to incessant rainfall in the far-western hilly districts. Indian side has halted vehicular movement along the bridge at Sharada Bridge following rise in water flow.
Area Police Office, Gaida-chauki said that water level in Mahakali was gauged 1,34,000 cusec per second today. Water flow above 1,00,000 cusec poses threat to more than 100-year-old Mahakali bridge. Rising
water level has unleashed terror among the residents of Bhimdutta Municipality Wards No 11, 12 and 13.