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Kosi comes up in Rajya Sabha

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj told the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday that Prime Minister Narendra Modiís presence in Nepal helped avert the flood threat to Bihar.

Sushma, to a question from JDU MP Sharad Yadav, said the threat was averted after Nepal drained out excess water from the artificial dam created on the Sunkosi (a tributary of the Kosi in the Himalayan country).

She said: ďThe flood threat in Bihar has been averted as Nepalese authorities have drained out water from the artificial lake created on the Kosi river through a controlled explosion. The Prime Ministerís presence helped in carrying out this action. Bihar is now free from floods.Ē

She added that since the artificial lake on the Kosi was created at the time Modi was in Nepal, the authorities in Himalayan nation carried out a controlled explosion and drained out the water. ďFor the first time in many years, there will be no floods this time in Bihar,Ē she said.

Her assurance came after she made a suo motu statement on Modiís Nepal visit that helped give a new direction to the India-Nepal ties. Sharad had asked if Modi raised the issue of the flood threat on his Nepal visit.