Rains, snow lash country

  • ‘Weather condition to persist for next two days’
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Feb 26, 2015-

Heavy rains coupled with thunderstorms lashed the plains in western and

central Nepal on Thursday while some hilly and upper regions saw a fresh bout of snowfall, disrupting normal life and destroying winter crops.

A sudden development of rain-bearing clouds brought heavy rains and thunderstorm in mid-hills and high mountain areas, throwing public life out of gear. Meteorologists say the weather condition will persist for at least two days to come. In Mugu district, schools were closed and transportation came to a halt due to snowfall. Heavy snowfall in higher altitude in Rasuwa district forced the locals to stay indoors.

Rainfall accompanied by hailstone destroyed crops in some far-western districts.

Meanwhile, at least 14 domestic flights were cancelled in Pokhara, Simara, Bhadrapur and Biratnagar due to poor visibility, according to officials at

the Tribhuvan International Airport.

Mountain view flights were not operated too.

Min Kumar Aryal, meteorologist at the Meteorological Forecasting Division, said the influence of western disturbance was responsible for the winter rains. The upper far- western districts were mostly affected.

“Thursday’s rains may be last effect of western disturbance before the onset

of pre-monsoon in March,” Aryal said. “The weather will slightly improve on Friday but it will take a couple of days to get completely clear.”

Jumla recorded 37.2 millimetre rain, the highest among the 18 meteorological stations operated by the MFD. Dadeldhura, Diapayal and Dhangadhi and Kathmandu also received rain.

 

Published: 27-02-2015 08:36

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