India to open floodgates

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Aug 15, 2014-

Responding to a request from the Nepal government, India on Friday decided to open gates of three barrages to discharge water to avoid inundation in west Nepal.

Following an emergency meeting in New Delhi on Friday evening, Cabinet Secretary of India Ajit Seth instructed the local authorities to open the slush gates of Kailashpur barrage in Kailali, Laxmanpur in Banke and Mahalisagar in Kapilvastu, according to the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu.

The barrages, built on the Indian side of the border, often cause inundation on the Nepali side during monsoon.

Earlier in the day, the Foreign Ministry had made the requested to the Indian side to open the gates citing the rising  water levels in rivers that may inundate a huge swathe of Nepali land.

India has sought real time information on the flood situation in Nepal, water levels in the rivers flowing into India as part of precaution, said a senior Indian official. India has also put three helicopters and a plane on stand by to assist Nepal on search and rescue mission should the Nepali side asks for such support. (PR)

 

Published: 16-08-2014 09:17

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