Heavy rainfall wreaks havoc across country

Rainfall to continue till Sunday

Inundated Janakpur (l) and the damaged BP Highway.


Heavy rainfall since Thursday night has wreaked havoc across the country and killed one person. The Meteorological Forecasting Division says the heavy rainfall across the country will continue till Sunday.

The plains have been inundated while there have been landslides at many places in the hills.

Padam Kumari Sunuwar, 50, of Rampur-5 in Ramechhap has been killed in a landslide. Chief District Officer (CDO) Lila Kumari KC said Sunuwar, who was milking a buffalo, died on the spot after being buried under the rubble.

The BP Highway and the Mid-hill Highway have been obstructed since Thursday night due to landslides.

The BP Highway has been obstructed at two places in Golanjor and Sunkoshi rural municipalities. Landslide at another place in Golganjar has also obstructed Mid-hill Highway.

Thousands of passengers have been left stranded after obstruction of the highways.

The majority of airports across the country have been shut down due to the heavy rainfall. Spokesperson at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Pratap Tiwari said the airports at Lukla, Bhojpur, Tumlingtar, Phaplu, Lamidanda and Dhangadi have been shut down while those at Bhiarahawa, Pokhara, Biratnagar and Bhadrapur are in operation for now despite heavy rainfall.

The Meteorological Forecasting Division says says there will be heavy rainfall across the country throughout Friday.

“It will also continue throughout Saturday,” meteorologist Subash Rimal told Setopati. “We should remain alert. There will be heavy rainfall at almost all places.”

He said strong winds will accompany the rain. “There is a low-pressure line in the central and eastern areas. This has led to storm and heavy rainfall,” he elaborated. “The monsoon will remain active for three days. There will be heavy rainfall at many places and very heavy rainfall at some places.”

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