Surviving a rainy day

April 26, 2019 09:08 am

Of late, the weather has been quite unpredictable. It’s usually bright and sunny when you head out and then a couple of hours later it starts pouring cats and dogs. This makes it difficult to plan your day and get things done. But a little bit of foresight can help you deal with rainy days and not let it mess your schedule. Here we tell you how.

KATHMANDU, April 20: The pre-monsoon has been more active in Nepal this year compared to last year, according to the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DoHM).

DHADING, Feb 12: Priskala Tamang of Khaniyabas Rural Municipality-2 is very happy after her village recently got connected with the road network. Previously, the small settlement in the north of Dhading district was totally dependent on mules to transport essentials like food and construction materials.

KATHMANDU, Dec 19: Paddy production is projected to grow by 4.8 percent to 5.4 million tons this year. The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development had projected paddy production to grow to this level in 2017. However, only 5.15 million tons of was produced in the year due to late monsoon and floods in Tarai districts.

NUWAKOT, Nov 25: The students of an earthquake-ravaged school in Nuwakot have been braving the unforgiving cold of winter, the scorching heat of summer and the torrential rainfall of monsoon.

Navigating the snowy paradise

November 17, 2018 09:51 am

As monsoon and winter in Himalayas seem fierce, early October to November is high time to watch the snow-capped mountains from the Kanchanjunga Base Camp (KBC). One of the great Himalayan trails of Nepal; the camp is a major hub for the tourists visiting the country every year. A flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur with a further seven-hour ride to Taplejung marks off the trekking trail to KBC. The journey comprises of 24-26 days of trekking that concludes at Oktang in the South point and PangPema in the North point of the camp. A 15-day package travelling to either of the points is however a matter of choice.

DHADING, Oct 10: The roads damaged by the monsoon-induced landslides have been repaired in Dhading as the Hindu's greatest festival Dashain is just around the corner.

SIRAHA, Sept 30: Kaladevi Safi, 70, prays a little more intensely and many more times during the monsoon. And there is a reason for doing so. She feels that not doing so might invite disasters. If anyone falls sick at home or in the village, they can’t be taken to a hospital for health checkup as the village is on an island which is isolated from the outer world during the monsoon.

KATHMANDU, Sept 27: Rain is still forecast in the Far-west and Mid-west regions of the country for few days more.

KATHMANDU, Sept 23: After the success of love trilogy 'Summer Love', 'Saaya', and 'Monsoon', Subin Bhattarai is back with his new novel ‘Priya Sufi’. The book was launched in an event held in the Nepal Academy hall. Subin Bhattarai, Subani Moktan, Shital Moktan, and actor Aanchal Sharma jointly launched the book on  Saturday.

MYAGDI, Sept 20: Traffic operation has resumed along the Beni-Jomsom road section at Raghuganga rural municipality-3, Rahughat in Myagdi after a week of its disruption.

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.

Flood survivors continue to face hardship

September 3, 2018 10:22 am

RAJBIRAJ, Sept 3: The daily life of the 600 households affected by flood water from the Saptakoshi river in Hanumannagar Kankalini municipality is worsening day by day.

KATHMANDU, Aug 30: Four members of a family in Melung rural municipality-8, Khimti of Okhaldhunga district were killed when their house collapsed on Wednesday night.

Flood submerges 500 houses

August 28, 2018 12:20 pm

RAJBIRAJ, Aug 28: The flood-fed Saptakoshi River has inundated around 500 households in Saptari district.

HONOLULU, Aug 25: Hurricane Lane weakened to a tropical storm on Friday as it headed toward the Hawaiian islands. But it still brought torrential rains that immersed a city in waist-deep water and forced people to flee flooding homes, while others jumped off seawalls with boogie boards into the turbulent ocean.

KATHMANDU,Aug 2 5: The water flow on the main rivers seems increasing however, probability of crossing the limit is below according to flood warning shared by the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology.

DOLPA,Aug 24: Chalgaadh hydroelectric center resumed supplying electricity after a month from Friday in Dolpa.

HONOLULU, Aug 24: Hurricane Lane unleashed torrents of rain and landslides that blocked roads on Hawaii’s mostly rural Big Island on Thursday as residents and tourists in the state’s biggest city braced for the dangerous storm to come their way.

DOLPA, Aug 21: Torrential rain-triggered landslide buried two houses and caved in a house.

While the central government has dispatched multiple military units to Kerala, state officials are pleading for additional help. Officials have put initial storm damage estimates at nearly $3 billion. At least 250 people have died in the flooding in a little over a week, with 31 others missing, according to Mr Kurian. More than 1,000 people have died in flooding in seven Indian states since the start of the monsoon season, including over 350 in Kerala.

Rescuers have used helicopters and boats to evacuate thousands of people stranded on their rooftops following unprecedented flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala that killed more than 320 people, officials said.

BENGALURU/MUMBAI, Aug 17: The worst floods in a century in the Indian state of Kerala have killed 164 people and forced more than 200,000 into relief camps, officials said on Friday, with more misery expected as heavy rain pushed water levels higher.

JAJARKOT, Aug 15: Floods induced by incessant rainfall has claimed the life of one and damaged properties worth millions at Dani Pipal of Nalgad municipality-7, according to District Police Office.

DHANGADI, July 23: The paddy cultivated in most of the districts of Province-7 has started drying up in lack of monsoon-triggered rain here.

BHAKTAPUR, July 18: The earthquake of April 2015 had rendered Astamaya Manandhar's house fragile. Each monsoon, since then, further affected the integrity of house. This monsoon the house collapsed.

UKHIYA, July 17: The hill on which the young woman’s shelter is being built is so unstable that the earth crumbles under your feet. The threat of landslides is so dire that her neighbors have evacuated. Though living here could spell doom as the monsoon rains fall, she will live here anyway.

KATHMANDU, July 17: The monsoon trough has fallen below its normal position, thereby resulting to reduced rainfall across the country in the past five days, according to Meteorological Forecasting Division.

NEPALGUNJ, July 10: henever there is rainfall, the heartbeat of Durga Prasad Pandey of Khalla Jhagadiya in Phattepur increases and he starts praying. Rapti River which flows to the south of his house and the floods in various rivulets in the north often displace him and his family every year.

KATHMANDU, July 8: The Flood Forecasting Division under the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) has warned of potential floods in major rivers of the central and eastern regions of the country from Sunday night. Water levels are expected to rise in Kankai, Koshi, Kamala, Bagmati and Narayani rivers flowing through the Chure range and they could potentially reach the critical level.

Monsoon blues

July 6, 2018 07:51 am

This is a statement that is very obvious, yet incredible at the same time – there is something magical about the monsoons. It is difficult to believe in it if you happen to live in Kathmandu and face the wide variety of practical difficulties that come with the season.

SINDHULI, July 4: Nawaraj Gole of Kamalai Municipality in Sindhuli district does not like to step out of his home these days. Due to excessive rainfall, all the roads resemble ‘paddy fields’.

KATHMANDU, July 3: Many lanes and major roads in the capital get filled with water up to a foot high. Walking through the streets is irksome as there is a constant risk of stepping on puddles. Much of the roads are covered with mud and dirt, making roads extremely slippery and prone to accidents.

Monsoon pain

July 3, 2018 00:30 am

Though we have been facing flood and landslide risks every single year, we still lack dedicated and functional institutions for disaster preparedness and emergency response

SIRAHA, June 25: As the monsoon advances, Pashupati Mukhiya recalls the heavy flooding of last year. A local of Kalyanpur-2 of west Siraha, he bitterly remembered the heavy losses he had to bear after floods in Kamala, Lohajara and Ghuri rivers inundated his village and washed away cattle, crops and destroyed properties.

KATHMANDU, June 24: The lawmakers have drawn attention of the government to control possible monsoon flooding of Tarai, and provide appropriate price to the sugarcane farmers for their production.

KATHMANDU, June 24: Price of vegetables has gone up significantly over the past week. While retailers attribute the price hike to erratic supply in the market due to monsoon rains, officials of Kalimati Fruits and Vegetable Market Development Board say price has gone up as traders are keeping high profit margin.

KATHMANDU, June 23: A committee responsible for Kasthamandap reconstruction has decided to postpone the reconstruction work by a month citing the monsoon and a design flaw in the blueprint prepared by the Department of Archeology (DoA).

SINDHUPALCHOWK, June 22: Even the government authorities do not have the exact details of the reconstruction of quake-damaged houses in Sindhupalchowk, the district worst-hit by the 2015 earthquakes.

BARA, June 22: As the monsoon progresses, the construction of embankments has gathered pace in Bara district in order to prevent floods in the rivers and streams from entering settlements and damaging arable land.

KATHMANDU, June 19: In view of possible disasters during the monsoon, the government has directed the provincial, local governments and Nepal Army to remain on alert and undertake all the necessary measures to minimize possible loss of life and property.

KATHMANDU, June 12: Monson that had entered the country four days ago is yet to become fully active nationwide.

RASUWA, June 11: Trade with China’s Tibet will remain open even during the upcoming monsoon season, according to local authorities.

Although floods are not a new phenomenon in the Tarai belt, prevention measures are hardly taken to avert or minimize crisis. In lack of such measures, hundreds of people are affected by floods every year.

KATHMANDU, June 8: The Meteorological Forecasting Division (MFD) has announced that monsoon has formally entered Nepal Friday, two days prior to the normal onset.

PALPA, June 7: As monsoon is just around the corner, almost all local units of Palpa have started purchasing the required stock of medicines for rain-induced diseases to be distributed to the locals.In November 2017, Tansen Municipality had purchased medicines worth Rs 705,000 and distributed to various health posts.

Sundari River inundates Dalit settlement

CHITWAN, May 9: In the last 10 months 97 people lost life from 195 road accidents in Chitwan. Some of these accidents occurred along the Naryanghat–Munglin road- one of the busiest highways in the country.

Magical monsoon

April 14, 2018 00:27 am

Clouds are a visual treat for someone who can see and rain is a sensational treat of smell when it hits the dry earth.

ITAHARI, Mar 13: Seven months ago, Krishna Kumari Rai of Itahari ward no.10 lost her house to a ravaging flood. After her house was washed away, she took shelter at a local school for days. Later, she rented a room and started living there.