With the onset of monsoon season, Nepal enters into its worst time as calamities and disasters become order of the day. This monsoon season, news emanating from across the country is not pleasant: floods and landslides taking heavy toll on commoners’ life have come to haunt us once again.
The incessant rains lashing different parts of the nation led to rise in the incidents of floods and landslides, which have caused the displacement of the people. The local authorities in different districts have been forced to resettle the people to safer places as fears of landslides are deepening. However, there are many people left in lurch as authorities have failed to support them to resettle in relatively safer areas.
This year, the prediction from the weather department makes the situation all the more gloomy for the disaster prone districts of the nation. Unlike in the past when nation used to experience normal monsoon season due to weather system originating from the Bay of Bengal in the east of the nation, this year the rainy season would unleash more rains as another system has originated from the Arabian Sea in the west which brings moisture-laden westerly wind to cause rains in the nation. In short, this year the nation is likely to witness more rain-induced disasters.
As we know well that the most of the hill areas of the nation have been rendered weak due to last year’s massive earthquake, these areas have become more prone to landslides. The people in the Gorkha district’s Barpak area are living in perpetual fear owing to that the area was the epicenter of the massive earthquake.
It is apparent that the nation is facing grave situation during this monsoon season. Even a common layman knows the situation. But the sordid part is- the government remains unaware about the situation or it pretends to be not knowing of the grave situation. The prediction of incessant rains for several days makes the earthquake-hit area more prone to the disasters but the government has not yet prepared shelters for the people residing there, let alone any plan to resettle them in the safer areas.
Another sadder part is that the government agencies appear to have been apathetic to the deepening disaster crises. For example, the Mugling-Narayangarh road, the vital link between the capital and other parts of the nation, has been hit by obstruction of the perennial landslides. However, the government agencies have not done much to keep the landslides away in time.
As this road is major supply line, the government must work to keep it functional all day long by deploying its resources there. Though the weather prediction has made it clear that the Mugling-Narayangarh road would be worst hit by the monsoon rain, the government agencies such as road and traffic department have done only little to keep this road safer from the falling debris.
Every monsoon season, the people residing in the rugged hills as well as flat plains suffer a lots though landslips and floods, but the preparation to fight the worse impact of natural disasters appears to be nil causing further trouble to the common folks. This situation has continued almost every year, making a mockery to the agencies responsible for undertaking preventive measures as well as preparatory measure to tackle the flood and landslides.
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