Study predicts over 1 million to be affected by monsoon-related disasters

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A view of the Melamchi Bazaar of Sindhupalchok on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, after a massive flood. Photo: Bikas Shrestha

Kathmandu, June 12

Over a million people will be affected by monsoon-related disasters, says the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA).

Chief Executive of the authority, Anil Pokhrel said around 1.25 million Nepalis are likely to be affected by the monsoon in the country.

Monsoon-related disasters refer to various natural calamities and emergencies that occur during the monsoon season.

The authority estimates around 300,000 will be affected in Koshi province, 400,000 in Madhesh province, 95,000 in Bagmati province, 70,000 in Gandaki province, 200,000 in Lumbini province, 35,000 in Karnali province and 150,000 in Sudurpaschim province.

Pokharel has highlighted the ongoing preparations to establish early warning systems aimed at assisting individuals at risk of being affected by monsoon-related disasters. These measures include the installation of smart sirens and the deployment of rescue ambulances.

Based on historical data, certain areas in Nepal, including Ilam, Panchthar, Dhankuta, Terhathum, Okhaldhunga, Lalitpur, Nawakot, Dhading, Tanahu, Syangja, Palpa, Gulmi, Arghakhanchi, Baglung, Pyuthan, Rolpa, Rukum West, Dailekh, Achham, and Baitadi, have been identified as vulnerable to landslide risks.

Similarly, areas such as Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Saptari, Siraha, Dhanusa, Mahottari, Sarlahi, Rautahat, Bara, Parsa, Chitwan, Nawalparasi, Rupandehi, Kapilvastu, Dang, Banke, Bardia, Surkhet, Kailali, and Kanchanpur are susceptible to flood impacts.

The Department of Hydrology and Meteorology has predicted that the country will experience relatively lower rainfall this year.

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