KATHMANDU, July 5: The Baudhanath Stupa Area, which had remained shut for more than two months since the country went into a nationwide lockdown on March 24 to contain the spread of the global pandemic of novel coronavirus disease, reopened a few days ago.

Monsoon shows signs of withdrawal with the arrival of September, but the distressing situation of the people living around the Bouddhanath Stupa vicinity does not seem to have an end. In addition to the waterlogged potholes on the streets of  Bouddha, even the stupa premises – enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage site – is left submerged when it rains. Similar was the case this Thursday.