HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The two-day meeting of the Nepal-India standing committee on inundation concluded here today with the agreement to further study over four dozen inundation points in both countries and to construct an embankment along the Bagmati river. “The meet discussed inundation problems at points extending from the Mechi river in the east to Mahakali in the west and suggested field officers to carry out further study to mitigate the problems,” AN Mishra, director-general of the department of water-induced disaster prevention, told The Himalayan Times. The 22 km embankment along the Bagmati river (7 km of which will be in the Rauthat district and 15 km in the Sarlahi district in Nepal) will prevent the inundation of villages in Rauthat district, including the district headquarters Gaur.The embankment will also prevent the flooding of the Mahinathpur, Balara, Hathiyon and Sudama villages in Sarlahi, said Mishra, who is also the Nepali team leader. Of the Rs 390 million needed to construct the embankment, India will provide Rs 320 million and Rs 70 million will be financed by Nepal.