Cyclone Yaas’s Impact To Last Till Saturday

Rain and snow have been falling in several parts of the country since Wednesday evening due to the indirect effects of the powerful cyclone ‘Yaas’ that wreaked havoc in India.
Rainfall in the mid hills from the east to mid-west and snowfall in the high mountain region of eastern Nepal to mid-west will continue till Saturday, according to Barun Poudel, senior meteorologist at the Meteorological Forecasting Division (MFD).
According to Poudel, major regions of the country including Kathmandu Valley since Wednesday evening have been experiencing intermittent and sometimes continuous rains. Meanwhile, heavy rain has fallen in some places within the last 24 hours.
In the last 24 hours, Lumle and Pokhara area of Kaski district received the highest rainfall with 71.2 and 55.2 mm respectively. Within the same period, Kathmandu recorded just 2.5 mm of rainfall. Also, Bhairahawa, Dhankuta, Okhaldhunga, Jomsom, Simara, Ghorahi, and Janakpur received 40.9 mm, 25.5 mm, 18.3 mm, 16.5 mm, 21.1 mm, 19.8 mm and 5.9 mm rainfall in the last 24 hrs, according to the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology.
According to Poudel, light to moderate rain has fallen in many places of Bagmati, Gandaki and Lumbini provinces, while heavy rain occurred in Pyuthan on Wednesday. Similarly, light to moderate rains occurred also in Provinces 1 and 2.
“It rained overnight in Kathmandu on Wednesday,” meteorologist Manju Basi said.
Meteorologists have urged caution as the effects of the hailstorm will continue for a few more days and the rains and snowfall will continue at least till Saturday due to the impact of the cyclone.
The cyclone developed in the Bay of Bengal is now in its deep depression level and expected to weaken further when it gradually moves towards the west before it gets clear from the northern Nepal by Saturday, Basi said.
On Friday, there is a possibility of light to moderate rain with thunderstorms, lightning and wind in many places across the country. There is a possibility of heavy, very heavy, and high winds in some places of Province 1, 2, Bagmati, Gandaki and Lumbini. Light to moderate snow, rain is expected in most parts of the high hilly region and heavy snowfall in the mountains in some places of Gandaki, Bagmati, Province 1, 2 and Sudurpaschim Province.
Also, on Saturday there is a chance of light to moderate rain with thundershowers in some parts of the country with generally to partially cloudy condition. Heavy rain is also expected in some places in Gandaki and Lumbini Provinces.
Meanwhile, roads in northern Myagdi district have been damaged due to heavy rains since Wednesday night due to the effects of the cyclone.
The Beni Jomsom Road under the Beni-Jomsom-Korala Kaligandaki Corridor has been blocked due to rising water level in the Kaligandaki River.
As the water level in Kaligandaki has risen due to rains, heavy equipment used in the conservation of hot water ponds at Annapurna Rural Municipality-2 have been washed away.
The water level in the tributaries and springs of Kaligandaki in the northern region of Myagdi has risen and the equipment including the mixer used for river protection have been washed away.