The water level of Kosi River in Bihar might rise dangerously to cause flood as a 10-metre high water wall might sweep down it. The threat looms large after the Nepalese Army carried out low-intensity blasts to remove the landslide debris from a river in Nepal to free the huge quantity of water accumulated there.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Bihar Chief Minister Jeetan Ram Manjhi on Sunday to take stock of the situation after rising water level in the Kosi river and flood warnings forced evacuations of lakhs of people people living near the embankment.

Eight teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and four teams of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been deployed in the affected areas.

Bihar has also made available four teams of state disaster response force. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed all help should be rendered to Bihar as well as Nepal to meet any eventuality. Modi today arrived in Kathmandu today on a two-day visit to Nepal.

The priority is evacuation of people and animals from the areas that could bear the brunt of the floods. Due to the landslide, about 20-27 lakh cusecs of water has got collected in the artificial dam, the officials said.

The massive landslide hit Nepal in the area near Sunkoshi River, burying at least 60 houses. At least nine bodies have been recovered from the debris and mud, while more than 100 are feared dead.

“The landslide has caused huge damage. We cannot make any estimates of the number of deaths now. We are looking for other people who might be trapped,” a police officer.

Chief District Officer Gopal Prasad Parajuli said the administration was considering dropping a bomb from an army chopper to clear the landslide debris, so that the river could have a free flow.

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has directed the home ministry to look at controlled release of water and to take steps to protect the lives and property of people.