Flash floods risk in hilly districts; settlements near river banks urged to stay alert

Published On: July 15, 2018 04:37 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, July 15: The Department of Hydrology and Meteorology has predicted flash floods in the rivers of hilly districts due to incessant rains, urging people living near the river banks and surrounding areas to remain alert to such possibility. 

The Meteorological Forecasting Division issued a press release today, forecasting the possibility of flash floods in small and seasonal rivers mainly in Dolakha, Rasuwa, Dhading, Gorkha, Surkhet, Rolpa, Darchula and some other hilly districts. 

It has said that the possibility of waters flow in Kankai, Koshi, Kamala, Bagmati, Narayani, West Rapti, Babai, Karnali and Mahakali rivers crossing the danger line is low. Hilly districts are likely to see rains today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow and people residing near the banks of rivers and their surroundings need to remain alert. 

Light to moderate rains have been still forecast for the next three days while some parts in the western part of Nepal are probably to record heavy rains. According to the division latest details, Lumle witnessed the maximum rainfall (231 mm) today and it is followed by Jiri ( 85mm), Okhaldhunga (40 mm), Taplejung ( 26mm), Dadeldhura (25 mm ) and Kathmandu (15mm). Today's maximum temperature of the Kathmandu Valley was recorded at 31 degree Celsius while the minimum temperature was 20.8 degree Celsius. RSS

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