Authorities have issued high and medium level flood alerts in the major river basins and asked all and sundry to remain alert for possible havoc, especially in the eastern parts of Nepal as heavy rainfall has been predicted for the next three days.

Issuing separate notices, the Meteorological Forecasting Division and Nepal Flood Alert under the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology have predicted heavy rainfall and flooding.

The NFA issued high alert in the major river basins of Koshi and Narayani and their tributaries in the east - Rapti, Bagmati and Kankai rivers where water level is expected to cross its limits and might get into human settlements.

Similarly, rivers and side streams of the mid-hilly region of Province 1, Province 2, Bagmati, Gandaki and Lumbini will possibly see heavy flooding in the next two days. Tributaries such as Tamor, Bhotekoshi, Sunkoshi of Koshi river and tributaries of Narayani river - Trishuli, Budhi Gandaki, Kali Gandaki, and Marsyangdi will see high flooding.

As per the NFA, floods in these rivers are expected to reach their highest peak on July 2. Similar alert has been issued by the MFD. It has warned of various rain-related havoc across the country for the next three days. Heavy rainfall has been predicted in Province 1, Province 2, Bagmati, Lumbini, and Gandaki.

The weather will be generally to mostly cloudy throughout the country during this time.

It has also warned of landslides, soil erosion, flash floods and debris flooding in these areas. It has also asked people living in urban areas to remain on high alert. The risk of debris flooding is high in urban areas due to large volume of accumulated waste which often leads to flooding in such places.

A version of this article appears in the print on July 1 2021, of The Himalayan Times.