Kathmandu: Heavy downpour Wednesday midnight inundated several places of the Kathmandu Valley, killing one unidentified man, who was found floating in the Bagmati River Thursday morning.
Meteorologists said the sudden heavy rainfall was due to formation of cumulonimbus clouds above Nepal’s skies.
This cloud could have been 10 kilometres thick and remained 15 kilometres above the sky level, said meteorologist Shanti Kandel.
“Weather in the Kathmandu Valley is likely to remain disturbed for the next two days with high chances of heavy rainfall and flash floods in the Terai plains and landslides in the hilly region,” said Kandel.
According to Kandel, cumulonimbus clouds accumulated in the northern part of the hilly region, resulting in the rainfall with strong thunderbolts.
The Metropolitan Police Circle, Baneshwore Thursday morning recovered a body of an unidentified man in his early 30s near V.S Niketan School.
Houses in and around Bafal of Kathmandu and some lower land near the Nakkhu River in Lalitpur district were waterlogged, sending the locals panicking throughout the night.
Gyanodaya Secondary School at Old Kalimati, near Bafal, was waterlogged, forcing the school administration to shut it down on Thursday, said the school principal, Natikaji Maharjan.
The Muglin-Narayangadh section of the road caved in due to the heavy rainfall of Wednesday night, resulting in the obstruction of vehicular movement for indefinite hours, said Thankot-based Police Office chief Rishiram Gharti Magar.
Similarly, the Rasuwa-Dhunche road section was also obstructed by a landslide.
In the last 24 hours, Kathmandu witnessed 55.2 mm of rainfall. Meteorologist Barun Poudel said that this was moderate rainfall for Kathmandu.
The monsoon will remain disturbed for the next two days, Poudel added.
Okhaldhunga and Taplelung districts in east Nepal also witnessed heavy rains last night.
Meanwhile, the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology have forecast possible flash floods in the Terai plains like Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari and Saptari.
The Department through its branch offices last night had alerted the locals of these districts to remain safe and cautious, said Kandel.
According to the Department, water level in the Mechi, Biring, Kankai, Sunsari, Triyuga, Koshi Rivers have increased due to the heavy rains in the hilly regions.