Bad weather hits flights

Kathmandu, March 10

The country received light to moderate rainfall due to the weather system produced by westerly winds today.

According to the Meteorological Forecasting Division, precipitation of 4 mm was recorded in Kathmandu.

A thunderstorm in Kathmandu resulted in the diversion of two international flights and 11 domestic flights, as well as cancellation of 25 local flights.

According to Air Traffic Service Reporting Office, Indigo Air and China Eastern Air were diverted due to bad weather condition.

"“Indigo Air was coming in from Delhi and was scheduled to land at 2:00pm, but was diverted to Lucknow due to bad weather. The plane later landed at TIA at 5:30pm," Spokesperson for Tribhuvan International Airport Prem Nath Thakur told The Himalayan Times, adding, "Similarly, the 5:30pm landing scheduled for China Eastern Air was diverted to Dhaka."

ATS said three domestic flights of Buddha Airlines, including one mountain flight, three flights of Yeti Airlines, AND one each of Simrik airlines, Nepali Army, Nepal Airlines, and Tara Airlines were diverted to other airports.

Similarly, three mountain flights by Buddha Airlines, three mountain flights and two domestic flights by Yeti Airlines, four flights by Tara Airlines, five by Simrik, four by Goma, and four domestic flights by Nepal Airlines were cancelled today due to bad weather condition.

The MFD recorded 4 mm of rainfall in Kathmandu, 22.9 mm in Jumla, 22.6 in Dang, 21 in Birendranagar, 17.3 in Pokhara, 14.5 in Lumle, 10 in Simara, 10.4 in Nepalgunj, 7.5 in Jomsom, 6.6 in Bhairahawa, and 1.2 mm in Dhangadhi on Friday.

The MFD has forecast generally cloudy weather throughout the country for tomorrow. Similarly, brief rain or thundershowers are likely to occur at many places of the eastern region, and at some places of the eastern and central regions, and there are chances of heavy snowfall at one or two places of the eastern high mountainous region.

"The weather will continue to remain bad until Sunday afternoon throughout the country," meteorologist at MFD Barun Paudel said.