Khanal says Indian dams causing Nepal floods

Published On: August 15, 2017 03:00 AM NPT By: Nagendra Upadhyaya

SURKHET, August 14: Former Prime Minister and senior CPN-UML leader Jhalanath Khanal said on Monday that Indian dams that have been built in breach of international law along the Nepal-India border have caused flooding on the Nepali side.

Speaking at a press conference organized in Birendranagar, Khanal said, “The government should engage in bilateral talks to find out a long-term solution as flood waters inundate Nepali land every year.”

Khanal asked the local authorities to provide relief to the victims as the floods have caused huge damage. He also criticized the government for sluggish response to the disaster. He said the government should focus on providing emergency aid to the flood and landslide victims and urged party workers to participate in the rescue and relief efforts.

Senior leader Khanal also criticized the government for "conspiring to postpone the provincial and parliamentary elections under the pretext of amending the constitution". “We are ready to create favorable environment for elections but are against constitution amendment” said Khanal.

He said the government should take the constitutional deadline for elections seriously as failure to meet the deadline will push the country into a constitutional crisis. 

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