A man made disaster in Nepal
Thank you very much for your invaluable comments. I am feeling great at least I wrote something in memory of Bela.
My home work for today :
1. By the day time, we went shopping.
2. The Next day morning I will go to the shops.
3. In the coming Friday I will go shopping.
4. Nowadays I go shopping every day.
These days organic farming has become popular also in Nepal. But I realy don't know about the distribution procedure.
I liked the vegetables in the box. Its a nice way to know the name of the vegetables. For me squash and chard are new vegetables. My father likes Kohlrabi verymuch. I didn't know the english name but the local name of it in Nepali is "Gaatha Gobi". The cucumber you have shown is different than what we find here in Nepal.
Now, I would like to move to today's topic.
Though its not a good news, I would like to tell something about what is happening in Eastern part of Nepal since last week.
In eastern Nepal there is a big river called Koshi River. This river was known as sorrow of Bihar in India. Each year in monsoon season the river used to flood huge area in Bihar due to which many people became homeless, landless and some of them lost their lives. Nepal used to go through the same problem. Due to natural disaster, this year we had less destruction than previous year. It was almost the end of monsoon season people were having peace in their mind thinking that monsoon is over. But it turned into the opposite scenario.
Some of you might have already known through the BBC and other news channels about the disaster in Nepal which happened due to bursting of bank of irrigation canal of the dam in Koshi River which is called Koshi barrage. Around 50 years ago, the Indian government forced an agreement on Nepal government to build this barrage solely for controlling floods, irrigate their lands in the state of Bihar, India and produce electricity.
They diverted water from Saptakoshi River by making irrigation canal in two sides of the barrage. Monsoon starts in July and ends on Aug in Nepal. In monsoon, flooding in India was controlled by raising the gates of the barrage in Nepal. This resulted in the collection of huge volume of water in Nepal which submerged lots of lands and houses in Nepal. People living in that area became homeless and landless and were displaced from that area.
As we know regular maintenance is need for dams and canals. But this dam was not maintained since a long period according to the standard procedures. Last week (around 20 Aug) of this year due to bursting of the canal the whole river is diverted to another direction and took a new path.
Till toady 40,000 people are displaced and around 100,000 have been affected in Nepal and 2 million people of the state of Bihar, India have been displaced due to the same incident. The whole barrage is run by Indian government. They didn't maintained in time, didn't open the gates in time which made so many people to suffer in both the countries. Thousands of hectares of fertile lands and highways have been submerged. Electricity poles and towers have been washed way by the flood. Now there is darkness in the whole eastern part of Nepal. Even in Kathmandu, the electricity load shedding increased to 21 hours per week.
The tears of the people in that area are much more than the monsoon rain.
Many International organizations, civil societies, individuals are raising fund and distributing food, clothes, plastic tents and medicine to help flood victims.
I don't know when the plight of people in the Koshi Basin will be over.
Let's wish for the welfare of Flood Victims.
Now I have to close the computer. The light just went off. I think this is the new load shedding schedule.
Amy enjoy your camping and wish you a good weather !
See you in the last blog.
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