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Chinese construction along Nepal-Tibet border puts strategic land at risk

DIPENDRA SHAKYA, ANIL GIRI, Jan 14 SANKHUWASABHA, Kathmandu
Kimathanka, an idyllic hamlet in the northeastern district of Sankhuwasabha, is one of the smallest—and most remote—settlements in the country. But this tiny village that sits on the Chinese border is a crucial strategic location for Nepal as the country strives to increase its connectivity with the northern neighbour.Until recently, the Arun river, which originates in Tibet—where it is called Pum Qu—used to run through the valley below Kimathanaka. But soon, the river could pose a serious risk to the village—all because of the construction of an embankment, about one kilometre long, along the river on the Chinese side. Since the construction began, the river has started flowing through the settlement and local residents fear the entire hamlet could submerge during the rainy season.
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