Nepal | July 07, 2020

Wildlife hit as river changes course

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Nepalgunj, January 26

Dwindling water level in the Karnali River that runs through Bardiya National Park has been affecting wildlife here.

As the river runs low and has changed its course lately, wildlife species such as tigers, rhinos, elephants and the likes, which depend on the river for water, have been affected. Water crisis has become so severe that the national park authority has put in place some provisional measure to supply water by using solar technology in over two dozen places within the park.

Earlier, the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation had asked Bardiya National Park to remove huge deposit of gravel and sand at Lalmatiya, stating that the deposit was changing the course of the Karnali River, but that was unheeded.

According to BNP ranger Sandesh Poudel, it is impossible to clear the huge silt deposit with the help of staffers at the national park alone. “It’s true that the department had told us to clear huge deposit of silt.

But, doing so was not possible at our initiative alone,” he said.

Rafting in the river has stopped due to dwindling water flow and dolphins that could be seen in the river earlier have gone out of sight. The drying river has also affected farmers downstream, who irrigate their fields with the water from it. As per the data of the Rajapur-based Karnali River Management Project, around 5,000 hectare farmland in Manau, Khairechandanpur, Patabhar and Pashupatinagar villages have been affected by the lean water flow in the river.

“There is no other option but to return the river to its previous course if we want to end the plight of wild animlas in the park, end irrigation problems and prevent possible encroachment on the river banks,” said Poudel.

A version of this article appears in print on January 27, 2020 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Nepal Tourism Board reveals top five photos from 'Nepal From Your Window' contest

KATHMANDU: Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) on Sunday revealed five photos that made it to the top-five of the 'Nepal From Your Window' photo contest. The five photos will be awarded with cash prize of Rs 10,000 each. Among the 500 approved photos listed in the contest, Samde Sherpa's Kathmandu V Read More...

Barca outclass Villarreal after recent disappointments

VILA-REAL: Barcelona responded to a trying week by producing a scintillating display to thrash Villarreal 4-1 away on Sunday and stay alive in the Liga title race. The Catalans had drawn their last two matches to hand more momentum to league leaders Real Madrid but Sunday's win took them to Read More...

Messi will finish career at Barca says club president

VILA-REAL: Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has said that captain Lionel Messi will end his career at the Catalan club, dismissing a report saying the Argentine no longer wishes to renew his current contract when it expires next year. "Messi has said he will end his working and footb Read More...

Oli, Dahal’s bid to save party unity continues

KATHMANDU, JULY 5 Co-chairs of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli held talks today but failed to end the current deadlock in the party. NCP is deeply divided with the PM refusing to quit prime minister or party co-chair’s post, and the Read More...

Subas Chandra Nembang meets Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba

KATHMANDU: Deputy parliamentary party leader of the NCP Subas Chandra Nembang met Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba at the latter’s residence in Budhanilkantha. NC leader Minendra Rijal was also present in the meeting. Nembang told THT that he met Deuba at the behest of Oli ‘to Read More...

Poultry farm

Chicken price up as farmers stop hatching chicks

KATHMANDU, JULY 5 Prices of chicken and eggs in the domestic market has surged after farmers stopped hatching chicks. Chicken cost has shot up to Rs 360 per kg from Rs 250 earlier, while eggs cost Rs 380 per crate of 30 eggs, a hike of Rs 100 in a few days. Krishna Shrestha, a chicken selle Read More...

Govt urged to guarantee citizens’ right to health

Kathmandu, July 5 The National Human Rights Commission has urged the Government of Nepal to guarantee the right to health to every citizen amid the spike in COVID-19 cases and fatalities in the country. Issuing a press release today, the rights body expressed grave concern regarding the findin Read More...

National Examinations Board (NEB) Nepal

Schools may get mandate to conduct Grade XI examination

KATHMANDU, JULY 5 As schools across the country have remained closed for months due to the lockdown, concerned officials are mulling over recommending the government to cancel the national level examination of Grade XI being held by the federal government. The National Curriculum Development a Read More...