Kathmandu: Landslides triggered by incessant rainfall have obstructed major highways in the country.
Vehicular movement along the Narayanghat-Mugling in Chitwan district has been disrupted from 8 am on Friday morning after the landslides in two separate locations.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Chitwan Bijay Raj Pandit said landslides at Kerabari and Atharakilo of the Narayanghat-Mugling road section disrupted vehicular movement.
DSP Pandit said that coordination is going to clear the landslide and resume the traffic. A large number of vehicles moving along the route have been stranded after the landslide.
Likewise, the Palpa-Butwal road section of the Siddhartha Highway has been disrupted yet again due to a landslide near Hiyudekhola of Tinau Rural Municipality-5 in Palpa.
Incessant rain taking place in the area has collapsed the main road following the landslide, it is said. A diversion was constructed on Thursday to resume the traffic but the rain since last night again damaged the diversion, halting the vehicular movement from 3 am this morning.
Earlier on Thursday afternoon, the diversion was constructed after the landslide damaged some 40 meters of road.
Currently, the landslide is still taking place, the District Police Office, Palpa, said.
The Road Division Office, Palpa, stated that the debris will be cleared only after the rain was over.
Meanwhile. Weather across the country is likely to remain partly to generally cloudy throughout the day today with the possibility of light to moderate rainfall at many places of the country, according to the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology.
The Department said that there is a chance of heavy rain at one or two places of Gandaki, Lumbini and Sudurpaschim provinces in the next 24 hours. People in those provinces have been asked to apply measures as daily life and transportation is likely to be affected due to flooding, landslide and soil erosion due to heavy rain.
Likewise, weather across the nation will remain partly to generally cloudy with the chance of light to moderate rainfall with thunderstorms and lightning at a few places of Province 1, Bagmati, Gandaki, and Lumbini provinces and at one or two places of the remaining provinces tonight.
As per the latest details of the Meteorological Forecasting Division, today’s minimum temperature of the Kathmandu Valley is recorded at 20.8 degree Celsius and the maximum temperature at 27.8 degree Celsius.