Following massive landslide and flooding that claimed dozens of lives at Jure, Sindhupalchowk district on Saturday, the swollen Koshi River had terrified people living along its banks in the Nepal-

More than 70,000 people have been evacuated to safety camps after a flood alert in Bihar.

SUPAUL: "Kosi mein paeen tadtada ke badhi rahel chhai," Brahmdeo Sardar of Barainya Baltharwa village was heard talking over his mobile set at Kosi bridge on Sunday noon.

The Kosi River corridor is situated in the Nainital and Almora districts of Uttarakhand and connects the Corbett Tiger Reserve with the forests of Ramnagar Forest Division. This corridor serves as a vital link between the source population of tigers in Corbett and the adjoining forest areas and enables them to move across.

SUPAUL: Destruction caused by breach in Kosi embankment at Kusaha on August 18, 2008, is still an issue in 2014 Lok Sabha elections in Supaul, which was the worst hit.

Models for river avulsions have identified the ratio between down-valley and cross-valley slopes of channels as the triggering factors for the sudden channel shift but have remained untested in the field. The August 2008 avulsion of the Kosi River at Kusaha, 12 km upstream of the Kosi barrage in Nepal, provided an opportunity to study a large-scale avulsion (~120 km) for its causal factors and driving mechanisms.

A commission probing an embankment breach in the Kosi river that caused Bihar's worst floods in 50 years submitted its report Monday to the state government nearly six years after it was set up.

Mining had been stopped in 22 rivers following alleged illegal activities and growing environmental concerns

The Supreme Court has permitted mining in 22 rivers including that of Kosi in Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna announced on Wednesday.
Bahuguna also said the government would undertake the extraction or quarrying of sand and other small minerals from these 22 rivers in a transparent manner allowing no illegal activities.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar takes stock of the preparedness

Cyclone Phailin made its impact on Bihar, with continual rainfall and strong winds lashing it for the second consecutive day on Monday. The next 48 hours are believed to be crucial as heavy rains in neighbouring Nepal could cause flooding in the northern parts of the State.

Floods are the most common water-induced hazard in the Hindu Kush Himalayas and have seriously affected the lives and livelihoods of many people, especially those living in the Brahmaputra and Koshi river basins.

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