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Five-year high water level in Saptakoshi

Himalayan News Service
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Sunsari, August 15

The water level in the Saptakoshi River has recorded a five-year high in Sunsari district.

As per the measurement at Barahachhetra area of Sunsari at 11:00am today, the water level was recorded at 272,750 cusecs while it was recorded 205,380 cusecs at 2:00pm at Koshi Barrage. Similarly, the water level was recorded at 238,000 cusecs at Barahachhetra at 4:00pm.

District Police Office, Sunsari, Chief Superintendent of Police Rajan Adhikari said that though the water level had increased alarmingly, it had started come down gradually from today afternoon.

Barahachhetra area is said to be a more sensitive zone compared to Koshi Barrage. “The water level recorded at 11:00am was the highest ever recorded in the last five years,” said Rabin Ghimire, a local.

The flood in the river has unleashed terror among the folks of Rajbas, Barahachhetra and Prakashpur, among other areas. “However, decreasing water level has somewhat extended relief to downstream settlements,” said Ghimire.

As per the sources, there has been fluctuations in the water level in the Koshi River due to intermittent rainfall in the hilly areas. “Water level at Barahacheetra area should be taken seriously as it has caused erosion in several parts of Sunsari,” said Ghimire.

District Administration Office, Sunsari, has urged the Barrage Control Room to open the sluice gates of the barrage with the water level increasing in Barahachhetra. A total of 23 sluice gates were opened in the Saptakoshi today to avoid the possible disaster.

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A version of this article appears in print on August 16, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.


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