Weak monsoon phase to improve

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jun 24, 2014-

The monsoon 10 days behind the normal schedule of June 10, and it has been making a slow progress as many places across the country have recorded inadequate rains.

Little or no rainfall were recorded on Tuesday in many places across the country, except in Biratnagar, Dipayal, Pokhara, Simara and Surkhet, according to the readings of 17 meteorological stations complied     by the Meteorological Forecasting Division (MFD)  in Kathmandu.  

Since the entry of monsoon from the East Nepal on June 20, scanty to heavy rainfall was recorded in various places resulting in landslides and flash-floods on the same day. So far, 14 people have lost their lives in two districts in monsoon-related disasters.

Rainfall during June is vital for plantation of summer crops, particularly paddy and maize in the country.

“The rainfall in last few days have contributed to sowing paddy seeds in some places, but it has been inadequate,” said Tek Prasad Luintel, joint-spokesperson with the Ministry of Agricultural Development.   

“Monsoon trough, a low pressure system associated with intense rainfall during monsoon is in idle state along the Bay of Bengal in India, and has not been able to move up along the Himalayas resulting a weak phase of monsoon,” said Barun Poudel, a senior meteorologist at the MFD.

“The weak phase is likely to end within next few days, and many places, particularly in the Eastern and Central regions are likely to receive rains,” he added.

Normally, the four-month long rainy season starts on June 10 from the eastern part and takes around a week to spread throughout the country.

The normal rainfall received during this period is 1,432 millimetres with the Eastern region receiving the highest rainfall.

Published: 25-06-2014 08:29

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