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India, Nepal joint team to assess flood-prone sites

Kathmandu [Nepal], June 9 : Indian and Nepali officials will conduct an on-site inspection in Nepal's Tarai region to assess the problem of flooding that occurs every year and find ways to combat the crisis.

The joint team will inspect the flood-prone area in three phases-before monsoon, during monsoon and post-monsoon.

"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 Nepal's 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.
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.

Both the teams are scheduled to visit Nepal's Tarai region on June 27.
During Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Nepal in May, both the sides had reiterated the importance of advancing cooperation in water resources and decided to work on inundation related issues jointly.

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