Light Rainfall Reported in Kathmandu and Across Nepal, Disrupts Air Travel

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Kathmandu, Feb 22: Various regions across Nepal experienced light rainfall, as informed by meteorologist Shanti Kandel from the Department of Water and Meteorology’s Weather Forecasting Division. The areas affected include Bagmati, Gandaki, and Karnali provinces.

In Kathmandu, light rain has persisted for approximately one hour, particularly in the northern parts of the city. Reports indicate that 4.8 mm of rain fell in Archle, Palpa, over the past six hours. Meteorologist Kandel stated, “Currently, the weather is characterized by partly to mostly cloudy conditions across the country, with light rain occurring in some areas. There remains a possibility of further rain tonight.”

However, Kandel reassured that weather conditions are expected to gradually improve from Friday onwards, starting from the western regions of the country. She cautioned against heavy rainfall and snowfall but advised vigilance due to the potential fluctuations in temperature resulting from the rain.

The adverse weather conditions have also impacted international flights operating from Kathmandu. Subas Jha, spokesperson for the airport, reported that an Indigo Airlines flight traveling from Mumbai, India to Kathmandu had to be diverted to Lucknow, India, as it was unable to land in Kathmandu due to the weather conditions.

Jha further explained that while domestic flights are functioning, albeit with slight delays, they are currently operating under Instrumental Flight Rules (IFR) due to the prevailing weather conditions.

As the meteorological department continues to monitor the situation, travelers are advised to stay informed about any updates or changes to flight schedules, especially those planning to travel in or out of Kathmandu.

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