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Sustainable solution stressed for resolving shared problem of flood and inundation

Bhishma Raj Ojha, KATHMANDU: Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali has stressed the need to explore sustainable solution to resolve shared problem of flooding and inundation panicking the people living in Nepal-India border every year.
He pointed out the urgency of resolving the issue of flooding and inundation rising from the politics in keeping with multi-purpose use of water.
At an interaction programme ‘Dam, flood and inundation’ organized here today by Nepal Forum of Environment Journalists (NEFEJ), he spoke the need of efforts for sustainable solution to the problem for the protection of the citizens of the both countries.
The constitution of bilateral mechanism to address the issue of flooding and inundation of late and realization of causes behind the problem at higher level was a positive development, he said, pledging to take diplomatic initiative for the implementation of the report prepared by the mechanism.
Annual flooding and inundation are the results of natural problem and historically-inherited burden, he said, adding they would move being conscious to not commit such mistakes in future.
It may be noted that the Nepal-India Joint Committee on Inundation and Flood Management was formed in 2009 with a view to resolving the problem of flood and inundation between the two countries. The committee is holding its meeting every year.
On the occasion, former Minister for Water Resource Deepak Gywali said the citizens of both the countries have been facing trouble due to adoption of inappropriate technology in preventing flooding and inundation.
The high dam constructed in Indian border area and installing gates in the bridge have caused such problem in Nepal, he accused.
He further pointed that the rampant excavation of road with the use of dozer and unchecked encroachment of river and rivulet also have aggravated the problem.
Former Ambassador of Nepal to India Dip Kumar Upadhyay accused that India has been unilaterally constructing dam, embankment and high-placed roads along the border since 2030 BS breaching international law.
India should be held responsible for the resolve of the problem as Indian people are more affected than that of Nepal from flooding.
Now is the time for both the countries to think in a way to manage water for the sustainable solution to the problem rising from political sense in the new context.
The joint committee had made on-site inspection of the flood and inundation-affected areas on June 26-30 and November 19-30 in 2018. The committee had submitted the report containing causes of the problem and solutions to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Also speaking on the occasion, NEFEJ Chair Kosmos Biswokarma, senior journalist Rajendra Dahal and Mandira Shrestha of ICIMOD, among others recommended the ways to address the issue of flooding and inundation.
According to the data, total 682 people had lost their lives to flooding and inundation and 446 went missing in such incidents in Nepal from 2068 BS to 2075 BS. Last year only, 111 people had died, 46 injured and 33 disappeared in flood, landslide and inundation. RSS

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