KATHMANDU: In a welcome smile to farmers on Asar 15, which will be observed tomorrow, traditionally the inaugurating day of paddy plantation, full-fledged monsoon rain has started throughout the country.
Farmers celebrate the day with gusto and feast on dahi-chiura (curd and beaten rice) and start paddy plantation with much festivities. Traditionally, the day also marks the beginning of full-fledged monsoon. According to a weatherman at Meteorological Forecasting Division (MFD) under the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH), the country received long-awaited monsoon rain from last night. "The entire nation is receiving rainfall thanks to the monsoon precipitation that entered the country from the Bay of Bengal," said Suman Kumar Regmi, meteorologist at the MFD. "Now we have every reason to expect torrential rain."
The fluctuating weather system over the Bay of Bengal and northern India had pushed this year's monsoon some two weeks back, against the early forecast of weathermen. Monsoon normally begins in the second week of June. According to the DMH, it had never recorded monsoon arriving so late. "The monsoon precipitation has spread all over the country," Regmi said.
Pokhara recorded a rainfall of 18.9 mm, the highest in the last 24 hours, while
Kathmandu received 2.0 mm of rain.
The monsoon, albeit late, is expected to bring smiles to the faces of farmers waiting for rainfall to start paddy plantation. As irrigation facility is available to only 21 per cent of the total arable land in the country, a majority of the farmers have no alternative to wait for the monsoon. About 75 per cent of rain fall during the monsoon (June to September) and about 10 per cent in the winter season, according to the DMH.