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Video: The voices no longer drowned by the Kosi

Floods and misery have long been the experience of the poor living along the Kosi river that flows from Nepal to India, but now a new dialogue process is allowing them to share their experiences and look for solutions

The Kosi river (also called Koshi) has a long history of floods that continues to displace thousands every year. This tragedy has been exacerbated by a decades-old strategy of pursuing embankments as a solution, a solution that leaves many poor people on the “wrong” side of the embankments, and even more vulnerable.

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For decades the people most affected have not had a voice in the decision making process, and have been unable to put forth their concerns, or to cooperate to find solutions. A new initiative by The Asia Foundation – in partnership with the Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group and ISET-Nepal – seeks to do precisely that.