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Sunkoshi River : River Cleanup Campaign

Sunkoshi River : River Cleanup Campaign

A river cleanup campaign that removed 24,575 kg of waste from the Sunkoshi River banks and waste hotspots was recently completed under the PLEASE (Plastic Free Rivers and Seas of South Asia) program.

  • Sunkoshi River also known as the ‘river of gold’, is a river in Nepal that is part of the Koshi or Saptakoshi River system formed by the seven (sapta) rivers joining in east-central Nepal.
  • River Sunkoshi’s water source is located in the Zhangzangbo Glacier in Tibet, which merges with River Saptkoshi, ultimately joining the Ganga in the Katihar district of Bihar in India, before finally draining into the ocean at the Bay of Bengal in Bangladesh.
  • It is one of the longest and most popular rivers for rafting in Nepal and is known for its challenging rapids.
  • It forms the watershed for most of eastern Nepal.

Koshi River:

  • It is a transboundary river which flows through China, Nepal, and India.
  • It is a prominent tributary of the Ganges
  • Originating from the Tibetan Plateau, it crosses the Himalayas and flows through the Mahabharat range and Siwalik hills, reaching the plains of eastern Nepal and finally meeting the Ganges in Bihar, India.
  • The Kosi drains an area of 74,500, of which only 11,070 lie within Indian Territory.
  • The Koshi River system drains about 45% of Nepal.
  • The Kosi River valley is bounded by steep margins that disconnect it from the Yarlung Zangbo River to the north, the Mahananda River to the east, the Gandaki to the west, and the Ganga to the south.