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Nepal---Kali-Gandaki-River

“Nepal is 2nd richest country in water resources” , this is what every school in Nepal teaches and is printed in every books, newspapers and media in Nepal. Even if you search in internet for term “2nd richest country in water resources” most of the Nepali bloggers and organization regards Nepal as 2nd richest country in water resources after Brazil. And I guess every Nepali believe on made fact “Nepal being 2nd richest country in water resource after Brazil”. But after a search and looking through Wikipedia & FAO, Nepal is not 2nd richest country in water resources. In fact that position belong to Russia. Nepal is in 41st position. Nepal isn’t 2nd richest country in water resource neither in Asia nor in South-Asia. Even India, China, Bangladesh have more water resources in comparison to Nepal.

The chart showing list of countries with renewable water resources. – Source : http://www.fao.org/docrep/005/y4473e/y4473e08.htm

http://www.fao.org/docrep/005/Y4473E/y4473e0g.gif

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Sources for this information are ; Wikipedia, World Fact Book and UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
For full list : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_total_renewable_water_resources

Nepal has capacity of producing 83000 MW of hydro-electricity, out of which only 43000 MW is techno-economically feasible. Even in case of hydro-electricity capacity Nepal doesn’t falls under top-ten list. Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydroelectricity#World_hydroelectric_capacity

This again debunks another myth, “if Nepal is able to produce electricity to its full capacity it will be enough to light up whole South-Asia / Asia”.. there are different sayings about it. But even if that happens, then that electricity will be barely be sufficient to light up half of India or China. India already has installed capacity of 223.625 GW and China annual generation was 4692.8 TWh electricity.

Nepal is not 2nd richest country in water resources and saying this would be completely wrong. Probably this justifies the reason Nepal is suffering loadshedding marathon and scarcity of drinking water even in capital city.

It would me interesting to know how this fact came to existence.

If you still think Nepal is second richest country in water resources let me know how in comment section.

P.S Also check World Bank’s Data : http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/ER.H2O.INTR.PC

Pritush
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Lila raj kafle
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Lila raj kafle

It happened to me also. I was talking with Korean friends about Nepal, I told them Nepal is the second richest country in the world after Brazil with pride. Latter, I searched internet to show the source, all I get Nepalese sites claiming Nepal’s second status. It was a kind of embarrassment for me to give false information.

Amanda Christie
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Amanda Christie

I would guess the statistic refers to water per head of population at some point in the past. I think Nepal does have good water resources from the himalaya, but increasing population and bad management of water resources are 2 big problems.

Amanda Christie
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Amanda Christie

India is one of the water rich countries … a lot of Nepal’s water flows into India. The monsoon rains happen in Nepal because its bordered on the north with the himalaya.

subikandel
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subikandel

wow!what a new thing i knew nepal is not second in water but fourty first toooooo bad
but it is due to population and is 2ooooooo huge problem.hope it will be solved

subikandel
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subikandel

too new things came to knew and tooooo bad also .Hope bad things will be solved

The Google Police
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The Google Police

2nd richest country in the world in terms of land to water ratio. use ur brain

ArjanKC
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ArjanKC

Water sources bro.. “Jalsrot ko dhani” jal ko haina.. how are we to compete with the ocean??

Bluts Brüder Schaft
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Bluts Brüder Schaft

Google police …. Blah Blah Blah… Don’t try to educate us go and educate yourself… Worlds says mah country is 2nd… So stop whining abt it like a child crying for candy

sunil bhattrai
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sunil bhattrai

good joke but not too laughing good try

sunil bhattrai
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sunil bhattrai

oh writter ocean vhaka country sanga compare nagaramna ani laknu vhandha pahela 20
patak sochara matra laknu

Prajuna
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Prajuna

share this joke to laughing colours

abhishek subedi
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abhishek subedi

Its fresh water mate…… We’re talking here about internal water system ND check wiki for that…. Nepal is 1st in that list, forget 2nd…

Pretush
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Pretush

This post was written in 2013. After receiving some comment here; i rechecked Wikipedia, UNFAO, World Factbook and World Bank’s website – also for fresh water. Nepal isn’t in the list. I really appreciate if you can drop some legitimate link on this topic. May be I am wrong or may be I misunderstood things.

Attached is the picture of what I got when I searched on Google.

SSTiger
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SSTiger

I believe with everything you say apart from the quote that you are saying may not be correct. It is not a debunk to the myth as Nepal currently only produces 3% of what it is capable of because of low income to fund hydropower electricity. So although Nepal may be 44th in water resources, it has a high chance of generating electricity upon its full extent and may therefore power the whole of Asia.

Dinesh Diabolic
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Dinesh Diabolic

nope. you are just victims of government to turn you into people that don’t ask questions. Government propoganda, nothing else. Every educated person in Nepal is a nationalist. NEPAL doesn’t have population problem. Bangladesh is infact roughly the size of nepal with nearly 4 times the population of nepal but doing well. Buddha isn’t being followed by people of his own home country, but instead we chose to follow an imported religion from India, but get outraged if someone says something about him, We are all living a fake PATROITISM propaganda set by “Shah Dynasty” to turn us into nationalist.… Read more »

Gemini
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Gemini

^ comment* LOL “U” can go cry in a corner now :)

Gemini
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Gemini

*comment LOL “U” can go cry in a corner now and then you may not return here to publicly humiliate people :)