The water in the Sunkoshi River and increased this week due to snow melt in the catchment. With the rise in temperature the snow has started to melt, which happens at this time of the year. With sufficient snow-melt water to augment the flow when the river is at its lowest before the monsoon,  the river  is supposed to look most beautiful because of  sufficient water  from bank to bank looking bluish green in color,  and so clean that one could easily see the pebbles and boulders  under water where it is shallow. This is what makes the areas round the river beautiful because one has tingling cold water to take a deep in, of a hot summer day under the scorching sun.  But, Sunkoshi this year is not bluish green. It has snow-melt water, which is muddy and sediment laden, probably contributed by landslides in the upstream triggered by Gorkha Earthquake of April 25, 2015.  It also indicates the extent of lose sediment in the river bed.

The water in the Sunkoshi River increased this week due to snow melt in the catchment. With the rise in temperature the snow has started to melt, which normally happens at this time of the year. With sufficient snow-melt water to augment the flow when the river is at its lowest before the monsoon, the river is supposed to look most beautiful because of sufficient water from bank to bank looking bluish green in color, and so clean that one could easily see the pebbles and boulders under water where it is shallow. This is what makes the areas round the river beautiful because one has tingling cold water to take a deep in, on a hot summer day with scorching sun over the head But, Sunkoshi this year is not bluish green. It has snow-melt water, but muddy and sediment laden, probably a contribution of landslides in the upstream triggered by Gorkha Earthquake of April 25, 2015. The muddy water also indicates the extent of lose sediment in the river bed.

Photo taken at Khadichaur on June 8, 2015

Madhukar

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