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  • Traditionally millions of people in this country survive in winters by burning wood and dry grass (mainly husk of leftovers of crops) BUT this time as the floods washed away the crops and uprooted millions of trees where's the question of leftover dry husk ??. With little resistance left in their bo...
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  • The following article is the latest update of an overview of Kosi floods by SSVK. It reveals the ineffective handling and inadequate supply of materials by the Government in the flood hit regions. It also points out the activities done by various organizations and SSVK itself. Tabular columns illust...
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  • The document can be downloaded as a PDF here (Hindi): Kosi rehabilitation policy documentKosi disaster: The rehabilitation & reconstruction policyKosi, tributary of the Ganga is a trans-boundary river that flows between Nepal and India with a catchment area of around 69300 square kilometers. It ...
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  • The book is a must-read for those who have some interest in Flood Management and especially in Kosi.It is priced at Rs. 100/- and is available with Fact Finding Mission C/o Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma,7 Triveni, A-6 Paschim Vihar,New Delhi-110063e-mail: sudhirendar@vsnl.net, Those are interested in procu...
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  • Mahendra Yadav and his team of Asha Parivar is stationed in Babhangama, 15 kms. from Muraliganj Block headquarters of Madhepura Dist. of Bihar for over two months now to carry out relief operations and help people access relief from government schemes. Muraliganj is 80 kms. from Katihar railway stat...
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  • This 8 page document states the approach made by the visiting team towards the disaster and the experiences of the workers on the ground. The report is detailed with covering the minutae of the relief work organized and implemented. It also takes a look at the final impact of the work on the benefi...
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  • The Kosi floods in Bihar stunned the world this year. But the real tragedy is that the disaster had been predicted. It was simply waiting to happen. The Kosi embankments were completed in 1963 with a designed life span of 35 years. Successive Bihar Governments slept over this impending catastrophe!...
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  • The setting is unique. 34 Nepali villages within the embankments want the breach to remain opened. I talked to some of them and reminded them of the slogan that was in air at the time of construction of the embankments, "Aadhi Roti Khayengein, Kosi Baandh Banayengei". I was replied that, "Poori Roti...
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  • A very large number of people are emotionally traumatized, constantly crying non-stop and in a state of utter shock. At least definite reports of suicide by a woman has also been received by me. I will appeal to you that a psycho-social help intervention should be higher in the order of priority.I f...
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  • More than 17 million people have been affected in India, Bangladesh and Nepal by the recent floods in South Asia. Around 3 million people have been rendered homeless and more than one million are now living in relief camps.The deluge took place in northern part of eastern India, where in August, the...
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  • Guest Post by: Dinesh Kumar MishraThe foundation stone of the Kosi Project was laid on January 14, 1955 amidst fanfare, jubilation and victory. Dr. Shrikrishna Sinha, thgen Chief Minister of Bihar, laid the foundation stone near Bhutaha village close to Nirmali, in Saharsa (now Supaul) district with...
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  • North Bihar has a long history of flooding.Through a series of posts here, we will attempt to explain the background of flooding in Bihar and what are the root causes.For those not familiar with the area the map above gives a startling glimpse into how strongly Ganga tributaries are interw...
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  • Dr. Jagannath Mishra, former Chief Minister of Bihar, has given a pathetic description of floods in Bihar. He said that "Nobody from the government has gone to Saharsa so far. If the people in Saharsa are surviving, they must be saying that we are engulfed in water since ten days and nobody is there...
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  • About the Report: The flood situation report has been a joint effort of Megh Pyne Abhiyan's (literally clouds' water campaign, involving people around the issue of water and livelihood, and a functional network of grassroots organizations) partners - Gramyasheel, Supaul; Kosi Seva Sadan, Saharsa; Sa...
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  • Sri. Dinesh Kr. Mishra reviews the relief efforts following the severe flooding of Bihar earlier this year. We have several earlier blog posts regarding the floods: https://www.indiawaterportal.org/blog/index.php/category/bihar-floods/ There is good news from the relief front from Bihar this year a...
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  • Notes on flood situation district-wise in Khagaria, Sahasra, Supaul, Madhubani, and West Champaran districts of Bihar.These were compiled by the Megh Pyne Abhiyan, a network of NGOs in North Bihar. (Due to the difficulty of the ground situation some inaccuracies may be present)Click here
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  • This is a snippet from Dinesh Kr. Mishra's book "Living With the Politics of Floods: The Mystery of Flood Control".The Celebration of Floods "People welcomed floods in the Kosi as the river water approached them. Women sang songs eulogizing the river. They would request the river to go back if it co...
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Chicu writes about the river and a woman's tireless effort to protect it.

Guest post by: Chicu

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This article in Geospatial World deals with the analysis of the role of geomorphic features in causing and controlling the Kosi flood. The article in conclusion states that canal is a man-made route for free flowing of water towards down slope. During the Kosi flood in 2008, drainage turned into canals and they worked as embankments along both side of drainages, where drainages are flanked by canals. Thus, canal network checks lateral spreading of flood water and saves life and property in adjacent areas.

Kosi is known as the sorrow of Bihar due to its frequent and often disastrous floods. The major geomorphic units of flood-inundated area in Kosi fan (terrain of Kosi river in India) are sand bars in the form of inter-connected drainage networks, an ox-bow lake and its meandering cut-off and imprint.

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The Ministry of Environment and Forests has granted forest and environment clearances to seven projects in Uttarakhand. This meets a long-standing demand of the State.


Members of Parliament from Uttarakhand had a meeting with the Hon’ble Minister for Environment and Forests to discuss the matter. The projects have been appraised and approved by the Ministry’s Environmental Appraisal Committees and the Forest Appraisal Committee, after which the decision has been taken.

The projects that have been cleared include:

  • Collection of stone, boulders and other minor minerals from 1497 ha area in river bed of Gola river till the end of next working season i.e. till 31.5.2012

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Forwarded to the portal by: Sudhirendar Sharma

Those activists, practitioners and journalists who have travelled in the Kosi River basin during 2008 (before the Kushaha breach), 2009 and 2010 have helped enhance our collective understanding on a manmade crises of gigantic proportions. Though not pre-planned, a unique fellowship on Kosi has indeed developed over these years. In their respective domains, each of the fellows have/are contributing to taking the key learnings across for better understanding on how our land, rivers and water ought to be managed (or not managed). The task, however, is far from finished.

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This pictoral document explains the effort to translate policy into practice by showcasing Koshi River Basin Management Program as a model for conservation and wise use of water and its resources to secure life and livelihoods of generations to come by addressing the impacts of climate change.

This document titled “From Policy to Practice” is a process documentation of Water and Energy Commission Secretariat (WECS) and World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) joint initiative for the first field piloting of Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) approach as prioritized by the National Water Plan 2005 in Koshi River Basin, Nepal.

This pictoral document explains the effort to translate policy into practice by showcasing Koshi River Basin Management Program as a model for conservation and wise use of water and its resources to secure life and livelihoods of generations to come by addressing the impacts of climate change.

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This article voices the agitation of the people of Saharsa District in Bihar for building an embankment on the Kosi River, which destroyed many people and property in the 2008 flood.

When the foundation stone for the Kosi embankment was laid on January 14, 1955, near Nirmali in Saharsa district in Bihar, euphoric people shouted, Aadhi roti khayenge, Kosi bandh banayenge (we will eat only half a chapati but we will surely build the embankment), writes the prolific engineer and activist Dinesh Mishra in his book, “ Trapped! Between the Devil and the Deep Waters.” No one really paid any attention to the protests and the fears of the people who would live with these embankments and what would happen to their lives.

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This is a petition to National Human Rights Commission in September 2008 demanding an inquiry into the Kosi tragedy.

PMO FORWARDS PETITION ON KOSI TRAGEDY TO HOME MINISTRY FOR APPROPRIATE ACTION

Prof.Suraj Yadav, Assistant Professor in Delhi University reports


 

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Bihar state government indicted for the breach in river Kosi embankment in 2008 by the Principal Accountant General (PAG).

Patna, Jan 15 (PTI) The Principal Accountant General (PAG) of Bihar has indicted the state government for the breach in river Kosi embankment in 2008 that rendered lakhs of people homeless and claimed several lives.

"Lack of sincere approach in protection work by Bihar's Water Resources Department (WRD) led to the breach in the eastern afflux bund on Kosi at Kusaha in Nepal in 2008," the PAG said in its report, official sources said today.

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Kosi flood relief distribution fraud in Bihar lands government official in trouble

A fraud in Kosi flood relief distribution has landed a government official in trouble in Bihar's Supaul district.

As many as 286 cheques allegedly went missing from the office of the block development officer (BDO) of Chhatapur in the district.
At least 164 people have already withdrawn the money from banks on the cheques signed by BDO Braj Bihari Rajak, who was the disbursing authority. A total of Rs 52 lakh of the flood relief fund was reportedly fraudulently withdrawn from the Bihar government accounts.

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An invitation for an all-women travel-cum-expedition into the flood plains of north Bihar

Like majority of our rivers, Kosi too is a goddess - the daughter of Lord Shiva. Nicknamed `the sorrow of Bihar' by the male-dominated engineer-contractor -politician lobby, the river has been searching for its identity ever since. Ironically, most of what has been seen and written on the hydrological engineering imposed on the river has been by `men' only. Could women not have a different perspective? With this in view, we are planning to organise an all-women travel-cum-expediti on into the flood plains of north Bihar to get the `missing' perspective.

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