Friday, 6th March 2015

Monsoon rain to stay active till Friday

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Monsoon winds are active again since Tuesday evening, resulting in nationwide rainfall.  

This year´s monsoon began ten days late on June 20, after the sluggish arrival of monsoon winds.

There was a lull in rainfall during the June-July season because of passive monsoon.

According to Meteorologist Barun Paudel of Metereological Forecast Division (MFD), the monsoon will be accompanied by partial/corresponding precipitation till Friday.

157.9 mm precipitation was recorded in Pokhara on Tuesday, the highest in the area this year, whereas there was minimal rainfall in Dadeldhura.

Taplejung and Okhaldhunga registered 48.8mm precipitation, Simara 34 mm and Nepalganj 10 mm.  Rainfall was recorded at 20 mm at the landslide hit areas in Sindhupalchowk, which is considered moderate.

Eastern Nepal was first hit by the monsoon winds.

According to the MFD 10-15 mm precipitation is considered normal, 30-35 mm moderate, and that beyond 50 mm is considered heavy.

Poudel said there is likelihood of monsoon rains being active till September. Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Mynamar and the Indian states of Assam, Jammu and Kasmir, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Bihar are affected by Monsoon.

Only 77 percent plantation was finished by the time of monsoon onset, delayed by ten days. Last year, 99 percent of plantation was done by this time.

6 percent economic growth is expected on account of favourable weather along with other conditions. Unfavourable weather conditions, however, are likely to adversely affect the growth target.

The contribution of agricultural sector in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is 35 percent. Paddy production alone accounts for 20 percent contribution to the GDP.