With the arrival of monsoon in Bihar, flood threats have emerged. 1,15,000 cusecs of water was released from Gandak Barrage into Gandak river on Wednesday evening. The water pressure has increased in many areas near the Gandak. Moreover, the increased pressure has intensified in Bhaisahiya and Semra Labedaha.
Farmers are facing major destruction of sugarcane and other paddy crops due to the water pressure in Gandak river. According to Gandak Barrage officials, heavy rainfall in Nepal has disrupted the lives of people in Terai and other hilly areas.
Meanwhile, 30276 cusecs of water has been reached at Indrapuri Barrage on Wednesday due to heavy rainfall in the area. The upper catchment area of Indrapuri Barrage flowing through Kaimur Hill is the natural source of irrigation of eight districts of the Sone command area.
Ravindra Chaudhary, executive engineer, Department of Water Resources Indrapuri Division, said, “The water situation in barrage is still normal”.
Recently, Nepal’s Rautahat district administration has warned of breaking a portion of the embankment of the Lalbakeya river adjoining no man’s land in the Indian border near Banjraha. Nepal claims that the Bihar government’s water resources department has encroached on the two-meter-wide and 200-meter-long embankment. Warning Bihar, Nepal government said that it will break down and remove it if it is not removed.
On the removal of the embankment when the monsoon in Bihar is at its peak, the people of the locality are likely to suffer heavy loss of property and life due to floods.
Moreover, an alarmed Bihar government has written to the Centre to take up the matter with the Nepalese authorities for special permission to complete the remaining flood protection work on the Gandak barrage and the embankment along LalBakeya river, which originates from the neighbouring country and cuts through parts of north Bihar.