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River flow in khyber pakhtunkhwa.JPG
Country Afghanistan & Pakistan
province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Region Kurram Agency
 - right Tochi
 - location 20 km southwest of Gardez
Mouth Indus River
 - location Isa Khel
Length 320 km (199 mi)

Kurram River (Pashto: د کرمې سيند‎) is located in Paktia and Khost provinces of Afghanistan and Kurram Agency, North Waziristan Agency and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. It drains the southern flanks of the Spin Ghar mountain range and is a right bank tributary of the Indus River. Kurram River is also mentioned in the Rig Veda under the name of Krumu.

Origin & Route of Flow[edit]

Kurram River rises 20 km southeast of Gardez in Spin Ghar mountains, Paktia Province in eastern Afghanistan. The river flows through mountainous gorges in a northeasterly direction, crossing the Afghan-Pakistan border about 80 km southwest of Jalalabad and in ancient times offered the most direct route from Kabul and Gardez to modern-day northwestern Pakistan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa). The route crossed the Peiwar Kotal Pass 3,439 m (11,283 ft) high, just over 20 km west of Parachinar, which is blocked by snow for several months of the year. The Kurram River joins the Indus River near Isa Khel after a course of more than 320 km (200 mi).

Hydropower Potential[edit]

Kurram River has great hydropower potential which could be harnessed for cheap electric power generation. The proposed dam (Kurram Tangi Dam) on Kurram river has generating capacity of 83.4 MW and will irrigate an area of 84,380 acres, while also will supplement 278,000 acres of existing system of Civil and Marwat Canals.

See also[edit]

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26 news items

The News International

The News International
Sat, 08 Aug 2015 17:00:00 -0700

ISAKHEL: Announcing the first protective dyke in Isakhel district of Mianwali — the home constituency of PTI chief Imran Khan — costing Rs1.30 billion, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said the government would build more dams ...

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Wed, 27 May 2015 13:37:46 -0700

A similar incident occurred about two weeks ago in Lakki Marwat when a teenaged boy was injured after he opened a flask, which contained a bomb. Abdullah found it while on his way for a swim in Kurram River. Published in The Express Tribune, May 28th, ...

dunyanews.tv (press release) (blog)

dunyanews.tv (press release) (blog)
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 03:26:15 -0800

Surani area's land route with other areas was suspended when a bridge at Kurram River was partially damaged after the heavy rains. Water level is continuously rising in River Jhelum and Neelam River. Neelam Highway and Sudhan Gali in Muzaffargarh ...

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Fri, 15 May 2015 11:59:32 -0700

According to a police officer, Abdullah was on his way to Kurram River to swim when he found a flask. “He picked it up and tried to open it,” he said. “The flask exploded, leaving the boy injured.” He added residents rushed to the site and took ...

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Sun, 04 May 2014 13:12:37 -0700

The unit safely removed the explosive devices and defused them at the bank of Kurram River nearby.. PHOTO: Reuters. PARACHINAR: Security forces, along with officials of the Kurram Levies and bomb disposal unit (BDU) helped defuse 22 bombs in Lower ...
Fri, 25 Apr 2014 14:11:15 -0700

Pakistan's Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) invites expressions of interest from consultants to establish a project management unit for the 83.4-MW Kurram Tangi hydroelectric project to be built on Pakistan's Kurram River. In March ...

The News on Sunday

The News on Sunday
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 15:30:07 -0700

The Thall-Parachinar road running throughout the length of the Kurram river valley provides the shortest transit route from any point in Pakistan to Afghanistan's capital, Kabul. During the Soviet-Afghan war of the 1980s, Kurram served as a key safe ...

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Sun, 20 Oct 2013 13:31:45 -0700

A political administration official said Khalil Khan was on his way to the Kurram River to fish when he stepped on a mine in Dandher, Boshera. After the blast, locals shifted the unconscious tribesman to Sadda Headquarters Hospital in Lower Kurram. Due ...

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