Glacier likely to burst in central Nepal

Glacier likely to burst in central Nepal

Several people, who are displaced because of floods as they need lost their houses and properties, are in state of shock.

The flash flood incident of Tuesday in Sindhupalchok district of Nepal is suspected to be caused by glacial outburst during a high lying area bordering Tibet, said a government official.
ANI, Rudra Prasad Dulal, Ward Chair of Sindhupalchok ward 11 confirmed that the incident are often the results of a glacial outburst near Tibetan territory which has resulted in loss of many rupees.

"Reason behind this flash flood is attributed to heavy rainfall in upper lying areas. Shaken by the 2072 (Nepali date of 2015 earthquake) earthquake, creeks on the inner areas of the hills are suspected to be swept by large masses of ice and muds contained by it. we've suspected it to be a reason for flooding," Rudra Prasad Dulal said.

He also added that incessant rainfall and movement of ice masses underneath the glaciers which spent Capitol Hill are dumped here in low lying areas.

"We are suspecting it to be a glacial outburst," Dulal stressed.

Several people, who are displaced because of floods as they need lost their houses and properties, are in state of shock.

Melamchi town, once a brimming marketplace and centre of attraction, now remains submerged during a thick layer of mud, sand and water after the flood. As per the official, about 200 houses in town are damaged partially or completely in mayhem which began with onset of monsoon.

Hundreds of families who resided within the area have taken shelter during a local school, located a couple of hundred meters faraway from the most open-air market .

Radhika Shrestha, one among displaced because of flood while recalling the incident said: "I just had returned back from my field, then brother-in-law who resides in "Dhap" (locality in Sindhupalchok) called me and warned to escape to safer ground stating a river has been blocked from flowing because of landslide which could burst and flood the town where we reside."
"Till the time I received a wake-up call , I called my husband who was working within the field, to leap out from there. Later we ran to high edges with none second thoughts," she said.

As the blocked river made its way down hill, it's completely changed the lifetime of Shrestha's family of 4 who have lost all of their belongings within the flood compelling them to form a clean slate .

"As flood took away our land, properties and every one key documents, our family has got to survive whether by doing labour or the other means," Shrestha said.

After the mayhem, a complete of seven people are confirmed dead by district administration and a minimum of eight staffers of the Melamchi beverage project have gone missing.

Nepal Army along side Armed police and therefore the Nepal Police has been conducting a rescue and search operation within the flood ravaged area, which has continued to be submerged under a thick layer of mud and high flowing water.

"We are yet to consider making a replacement start. All the riches which we earned lies therein house which is now covered in mud and isn't accessible. we do not have anything now and that we are clueless where to travel and the way to travel , an entire state of numbness reels over mind," Laxmi Prasad Shrestha, another flood victim from the world said.

One of the epicenters of 2015 earthquake, Sindhupalchok has been witnessing damages because of floods and landslides on an annual basis. With the onset of monsoon within the Himalayan nation, incidents of floods and landslides are expected to rise further.

Earlier, Meteorologists of Nepal and other South Asian nations had predicted that monsoon for the year 2021 will arrive before last year which Nepal and a few other Asian countries are expected to receive normal to above-normal rainfall.

As per Nepal's Meteorological Forecasting Division, monsoon has already hit Nepal from June 1 and it'll continue for about 3 months.

Last year, the monsoon entered Nepal on June 12, two days later than the traditional onset date (June 10). In 2019, monsoon entered eastern Nepal on June 20, delayed by 10 days. Lasting for 105 days in Nepal, monsoon normally leaves the country by September end.

Almost 80 per cent of the annual rain in Nepal is received during the monsoon (June-September). the typical annual rainfall is 1,600 mm, but it varies by eco-climatic zones (3,345 mm in Pokhara and below 300 mm in Mustang).

The Meteorological Forecasting Division (MFD) has estimated the high mountainous region of Nepal to receive 55 to 65 per cent rainfall in 2021. Additionally, average rainfall is estimated to be anywhere between 35 to 45 per cent in Lumbini, Gandaki, Bagmati and within the western a part of Province 2, while Terai region of Province 1 and eastern region of Province 2 are likely to receive less-than-average rainfall.

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