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Nepal-India joint technical team to visit flood-prone sites

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NEW DELHI — Nepali and Indian officials will jointly conduct an on-site inspection in Nepal’s Tarai region to assess the problem of flooding that occurs every year and find sustainable solutions to combat the crisis.

The joint team will inspect the flood-prone area in three phases—before monsoon, during monsoon and post-monsoon, according to an official at Foreign Ministry.

“It has been decided to deploy teams to study the situation of flooding to identify the real cause of inundation,” Kathmandu Post quoted an official of Foreign Ministry as saying

During the 12th meeting of Nepal-India Joint Committee on Inundation and Flood Management (JCIFM) in Kathmandu, senior officials from both the countries had agreed to work on overcoming the problem caused by rivers.

It was decided that four members each from both the sides will be appointed for inspection.

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Both the teams are scheduled to visit Nepal’s Tarai region on June 27.

Director of Ganga Flood Control Commission will head the Indian side, while Deputy Director General at Department of Water Induced Disaster Management (DWIDM) was chosen to lead Nepali team.

Huge swaths of land in Nepal’s Tarai region are inundated due to the structures built by India at the bordering rivers, displacing hundreds of thousands of people and damaging property worth billions of rupees every year.

Nepal and India, in a joint statement during the state visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May, had reiterated the importance of advancing cooperation in water resources for mutual benefit in areas such as river training works, inundation and flood management, irrigation, and to enhance pace of implementation of ongoing bilateral projects.

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Child killed in road accident

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PASCHIM- A child has been killed and two other people sustained injuries in a vehicle accident occurred at Salle, Musikot Municipality-1, Rukum Paschim, today. 

The victim, nine-year-old Prayas BC breathed his last at the District Hospital, Salle. 

The vehicle (Ba 3 Kha 7461) was on its way towards Mulkhola from Salle. The bus fell 150 meters from the road when the driver lost control, District Police Office, Rukum Paschim, stated. 

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The injured are eight-year-old Jenis BC and the driver whose name is not known. Jenis is said to be in critical condition, Chief of the District Police and Deputy Superintendent Sumit Khadka said. 

According to police, the vehicle ran over Prayas and Jenis who were playing on the road.

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