What is a Monsoon?
Monsoon is the seasonal reversal of the direction of winds along the shores of the Indian Ocean, especially in the Arabian Sea, which blows from the southwest for half of the year and from the northeast for the other half. It is one of the oldest and most anticipated weather phenomena and an economically important pattern every year from June through September, but it is only partly understood and notoriously difficult to predict.
In Nepal, Monsoon usually starts at Mid of June and then lasts until late September. The seasonal rains make it possible for agriculture, forests, and inhabitants of the region to store water for the next dry cycle of the climate. The monsoon season also brings lower temperatures after the summer. Monsoon is the backbone of Nepal’s agricultural sector—which accounts for about 29 percent of the Rs2.6-trillion economy—as two-thirds of the country’s cultivable land lacks round-the-year irrigation facility.
The monsoon season in Nepal has already begun and I was really excited about it. I enjoy bicycling, walking in the rain. However, it’s not the same case with millions of people residing here in Kathmandu and other parts of the country. It has been a huge pain in the daily lives of people specially to those who depend on daily wages. Outburst of drainage system, difficulty in walking (last year one of the school kids got drowned while returning home), vehicles getting trapped in a pool of rain, traffic jam for hours, vehicles splashing muddy water to pedestrians (sometimes intentionally and rest of the times unintentionally) are some of the many problems to be faced during the monsoon season.
Today, while I was returning to Nayabasti, Jorpati from Putalisadak, it rained heavily. Heavy Rain affecting Chabahil and Boudha used to be subject of discussion during the monsoon time. As it was the case with the monsoon in 2017 and also the monsoon in 2016, the impacts were severe. I had witnessed them a few times during the evening time and today I wanted to observe during the day. Plus, I had carried my camera with me today.
First and foremost, the Modi effect has already disappeared within a span of a few months. The blacktopped roads until Hyatt Regency in Chabahil-Boudha section has already turned into muddy pools. Whether it is a short or a long distance trip, people have a hard time because of slippery roads.
People have become used to these things that they feel like it’s an inevitable part of our life. Roads full of dust have been substituted by dirt and ditch due to monsoon. One of the funny yet saddest things that we are well acquainted is; the development and construction works are hurried during the monsoon season which is also the end of the fiscal year. What a tragedy!
Further Reading: Is Kathmandu a livable city?
Here’s the photo-blog of people being affected because of ongoing Monsoon and haphazardly maintained road at Boudha- Chabahil section!