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Kosi Barrage in Nepal
|Official name||Koshi Nepal Barrage|
|Operator(s)||Water Resources Development Department of Indo-Nepal Government|
|Dam and spillways|
|Impounds||Koshi River(largest in Nepal in term of discharge)|
|Length||1,150 metres (3,770 ft)|
|Koshi Barrage bridge|
The Koshi Barrage is a flood control sluice across the Koshi River in Nepal, near the Nepal–Indian border. It was built between 1958 and 1962. It has 52 gates which are controlled by officers imported from India. Downstream of the barrage near the border with India the Indian government has created an embankment which can create floods and other problems in Nepal.
The Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is roughly 3–4 miles north of the Barrage.
In August 2008, the eastern embankments of the Koshi Barrage collapsed, several miles north of the Nepal-India border. The resulting flood left nearly 100,000 people homeless in Nepal and millions in Bihar, India.
The construction of a high dam near the Koshi Barrage has been considered.
- Sushil Koirala (21 August 2008). "What is Flooding the Koshi Barrage?", eKantipur.com.
- Diversity of Wetland Birds around the Koshi Barrage Area by D. T. Chhetry in Our Nature (2006)4:91-95
- Reed, David; James McConnachie (2002). The Rough Guide to Nepal. Rough Guides. p. 395. ISBN 1-85828-899-1.
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