Koshi reverts to its original course

January 27th, 2009 - 2:11 pm ICT by ANI  

Kathmandu, Jan 27 (ANI): After displacing thousands of lives in Sunsari district, the Koshi River is set to run through its original course.
The Koshi River changed its course on August 18, 2008 and flowed through settlements in Sunsari and Saptari districts.
The river started flowing in its original course from Monday evening after a team of more than 500 workers built cofferdams using sand sacks, concrete and galvanised wire.
Out of 11,447 cusecs of water in Koshi river, 10,700 cusecs have started flowing through the barrage. Technicians are expected to divert the remaining volume of water, which is flowing through pilot channels along the embankment towards the barrage by today evening.
After breaching the embankment at Paschim Kushaha, Saptakoshi had flooded the neighboring villages of Nepal and India rendering thousands of people homeless. The East-West Highway was obstructed and many people had lost their lives.
The river was tamed according to an agreement reached between the Nepal and Indian governments. The Indian government had contracted the job of taming the river to Vashishta and Vashishta, an Indian construction company, Nepalnews reported. (ANI)

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