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India refutes media reports of Indian dam caused flooding; Govt. allocates 500m for flood-hit areas


KATHMANDU: Amid protest from locals of flood victims of Darchula district saying that the flood came due to dam constructed by India side, the Indian embassy has refuted media reports that India’s Dhauliganga Dam bordering Darchula district caused massive flooding in far-western Nepal. The embassy also made it clear that the dam has no impact in the flooding.

“The Dhauliganga Hydroelctric Power Station is a run-of- the-river project based on a small daily reservoir without any change in storage levels. Due to heavy rainfall in the catchment area on 16th June 2013, larger inflows passed through the Dam,” the embassy said in a statement.

The embassy also said relevant government agencies of Nepal and India were working closely to deal with the situation.

Dachula district headquarters Khalanga was ravaged by a devastating flood in the Makahali river. The flood also wreaked havoc in other districts of Far-West region including Kailali, Kanchapur and Kalikot.

Political parties of Darchula district had concluded that India opened the floodgates of Dhauliganga triggering such a massive flood in the region.

Meanwhile, the government has formally decided to provide Rs 500 million for the reconstruction of physical infrastructure in the flood-hit Darchula district, and allocate Rs 100 million as annual budget for the Central Natural Disaster Rescue Committee, under the Ministry of Home Affairs.

A Cabinet meeting held at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers in Singha Durbar this evening decided to transfer six secretaries, and increase the strength of Armed Police Force. The meeting decided to create 3,243 positions in the Armed Police Force for border security. Also, the Cabinet decided to promote two colonels of the Nepal Army to the post of brigadier general. On Thursday, a high-level team including the chairman of Interim Election Council (IEC) had inspected three flood-hit far western districts — Darchula, Kailali and Kanchanpur.

About three dozen people were killed and hundreds were displaced besides damage of houses and other infrastructure due to floods and landslides triggered by incessant rainfall in the districts earlier this week.

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