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India, Nepal officials discuss flood

Floods that submerged villages in their border region early this year topped the agenda when Nepal's prime minister met with India's external affairs minister.

world Updated: Nov 25, 2008 13:42 IST

Floods that submerged villages in their border region early this year topped the agenda when Nepal's prime minister met with India's external affairs minister on Tuesday, officials said.

Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal met with Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and discussed the flooding over the monsoon season that caused a river that flows from Nepal to burst its banks and flood hundreds of villages in India. The two countries agreed to start working to control the Kosi River early next year, Dahal's spokesman Hira Bahadur Thapa said. The monsoon-swollen Kosi, which flows from Nepal into the Ganges River in India, submerged nearly 1,000 villages in the impoverished northern Indian state of Bihar when it burst its banks in August. Several people were killed by the floods and more than 1 million were driven from their homes.

Mukherjee said they also touched on economic cooperation at the "very productive, fruitful discussions."

Mukherjee is the highest-ranking Indian official to visit the Himalayan nation since it abolished the centuries-old monarchy and became a republic in May.

He leaves Nepal on Wednesday.

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