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Pithoragarh, October 19
The water level in the Kali river flowing on the Nepal border has gone record low compared to last year. The situation is being attributed to lack of water in its tributaries due to insufficient rain this year.

According to sources in the Central Water Commission, the water level in the Kali, which was 442.39 cubic metre per second during October last year, has fallen to 390.8 cubic metre this month. “The situation has arisen due to delayed monsoon and subsequent less recharge of local water sources that feed the tributaries of the Kali,” says Durga Singh Mehta, a Central Water Commission officer.
The sources say several rivers, including the Dhauli, the Gori, the Saryu and the Ram Ganga, fall into the Kali giving it the name of Sharda in the plains. Besides these main rivers, small tributaries, mostly fed by watershed basins, have also witnessed less flow this year even after the monsoon. “The rainfall, which is generally around 1,600 mm from January to October every year, has been only 984 mm this year. The less rainfall has resulted in drying up of most of the natural sources water of which fall into these small rivers that ultimately merge with the Kali,” said Mehta.
“If sufficient rain does not occur during the winter this year, the water level in the river could fall to record low,” said the officer.


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