KATHMANDU, JUNE 16
Five days after the onset of monsoon, floods and landslides have already begun wreaking havoc across various parts of the country causing damages to lives and infrastructure.
Concerned authorities had previously warned that the monsoon this year is expected to be more dangerous as more than normal (average) rainfall has been forecast for this season.
Swelling of rivers triggered by incessant rains have already caused much damages in Sindhupalchok district wherein many have gone missing in the floods.
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However, as per the Flood Forecast Bulletin, the water level at Jalbire in Sindhupalchowk, which had risen suddenly yesterday evening, is now dropping.
According to flood forecasting section of the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology the rivers -- Kaligandaki, Bheri, Rapti West, Tinau, Babai -- including other rivulets flowing through mid-hilly and Tarai and Chure regions of Gandaki, Lumbini, Karnali and Sudur Pashchim Provinces will observe an increase in flow of water, thereby causing flash floods and reaching the warning levels. As such, people residing near these areas are requested to take adequate caution.
Meanwhile, rainfall watch has accumulated data regarding the water level in Narayani River which has reached warning level, today.
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Currently, four stations in Narayani River stand at warning level including one which has reached danger level. The water level at Raughat Khola station at 11:20 am today was 5 metres and that at Kumalgaon, Kaligandaki station at 11: 30 am was 7 metres, both at warning level, while Devghat station recorded 9 metres of water level and is approaching danger level while at Badigat, Rudrabeni was at 3.5 m at 12: 30 pm issuing warning sign.
Similarly, river watch shows warning level at five stations which are Tikapur of Churiya basin in Kailali, Baglung station and Darbang station at Narayani basin, Khanchikot station in Agrakkhanchi district and Tansen_AWS in Palpa which have accumulated water levels within 24 hours at 155.4 mm, 164.8 mm, 163.2 mm, 151.4 mm and 142.4 mm respectively.
The data was recorded at 11: 42 am today.
According to the forecast, on Thursday, Rapti West, Tinau, Babai Rivers and other rivulets may see some increase in water flow while Kaligandaki, Bheri and its tributaries can see major increase and witness flash floods.
Similarly, on Friday, Rapti West and Babai can see increase in water flow and witness flash floods.
The bulletin has shared an advisory stating that in the next three days, Rapti West, Babai and Bheri Rivers and other rivulets flowing through Chure and Tarai region of Gandaki, Lumbini, Karnali and Sudur Pashchim Provinces will witness high level of water flow and flash floods.