Zee Media Bureau
Patna: The Centre may have announced that the Kosi flood threat in Bihar has been averted, but reports from ground zero paint a different picture.
Zee Media correspondent Anand Amritraj, who went to the ground zero in Sindhupalchok, Nepal, found that the water level in the artificial reservoir created on the Bhote Kosi river has in fact increased.
District Magistrate of the area, Gopal Jee, told Zee Media on record that the water level in the artificial dam has now risen to 80 lakh cusecs as against 30 lakh cusecs mentioned earlier.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had earlier this week told Parliament that flood threat to Bihar has been averted after Nepal drained out water from the artificial dam.
“For the first time in several years, the Kosi in Bihar has not been flooded,” the minister told the Rajya Sabha.
The government had said that Nepal drained out the accumulated water and removed landslide debris using controlled explosions.