Hudhud brings showers, snow to central region

  • Clouds advancing to eastern Nepal
- PRAGATI SHAHI, Kathmandu

Oct 14, 2014-

In the wake of the ‘Hudhud’ cyclone, heavy rains accompanied by hailstorms lashed the central and western regions of Nepal. The weather condition will continue until Thursday evening, with rain-bearing clouds shifting towards eastern parts from western and central regions, according to meteorologists.

In Nar village of Manang, a high-altitude district located in the western region, three local cattle herders are said to be missing in an avalanche that occurred on Monday morning.

Police identified the two as Ghyalchok Lama, 30, and Phurwa Lama, 47, from Nar-4, while details about the third are unknown. The incident came to light on Tuesday.

The Annapurna Circuit, one of the famous trekking routes, has been closed in view of torrential rains and snowfall. The maximum day temperature in Kathmandu suddenly dropped from 27 degrees Celsius on Monday to 17 on Tuesday due to rainfall over the past 24 hours. The Valley received 52.4 millimetre rain.

High-altitude districts of Rasuwa, Myagdi, Mustang, Manang, Gorkha and most districts in Karnali Zone saw first snowfall in October. Two inches of snow was seen in Limi village of Humla. Dolpa faced snowstorm on Monday.

Rains in Dang, Bardiya and Surkhet districts in the mid-western region that were devastated by floods in summer affected relief distribution and rehabilitation efforts.

A dozen meteorological stations in central and western regions recorded rainfall between 157.2 mm and 1.4 mm in the past 24 hours. Precipitation was recorded also in Janakpur and Jiri. Bhairahawa received 157.2 mm rain, the highest, followed by Pokhara (90.2 mm), Simara (65.3 mm), Jumla (57.9mm), Dadeldhura (39.1 mm), Nepalgunj (38.5 mm) and Dang (29.8 mm).

“The weather is likely to improve in the West from Wednesday with chances of moderate to heavy rains in some isolated places in the region. The East may receive rains from Tuesday night,” said Barun Paudel, a meteorologist with the Meteorological Forecasting Division. It would take up to three days for the clouds to clear.

A special bulletin released by the Indian Meteorological Division on Tuesday afternoon warned heavy (650-1240 mm) to very heavy showers (1250-2440 mm) over east Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim until Wednesday. This indicates that the bordering districts in Nepal will see moderate to heavy rains in the period.

Published: 15-10-2014 08:57

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