Bihar government on alert, seeks army help over Kosi flood threat
NEW DELHI: With the danger of flood looming large in
the Kosi belt along Bihar-Nepal border, the state government has put its
personnel on alert, ordered evacuation of people inhabiting the embankment area
and also sought help from the Army.
Bihar Disaster Management Department (DMD) principal
secretary Vyasji said the state government has put its personnel on alert and
instructed the affected districts to make arrangements to evacuate 1.5 lakh
people in eight districts along the Kosi as 10-metre high wave of water is
expected to sweep down the Kosi River through Nepal.
He said the state government has also sought the help
of the army. The Central government, Vyasji said, has dispatched seven
additional companies of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) from Kolkata to
help its eight companies deployed in Supaul, Madhepura and Saharsa districts.
“We have sent our own team of engineers and officials
to the site where Bhote Kosi, a major tributary of Kosi River has been blocked
due to an enormous landslide last night, damming the river and resulting in a
massive accumulation of water. The team will immediately inform us when the
Nepal Army blasts the debris to free the river,” said Vyasji.
The landslide and ensuing damming of Bhote Kosi has
occurred at a place called Jure in Sindhupalchok district in Nepal. It is
located north of Kathmandu and around 260 km from the Bihar-Nepal border.
“The Central Water Commission (CWC) estimates tell
that 14 lakh cusec water has accumulated at the landslide site, while the
Indian Embassy in Nepal has informed our National Disaster Management Authority
(NDMA) about the accumulation of 25 lakh cusec water there. In both cases it is
a huge amount of water,” said Vyasji.