• Dec 5, 2022

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This year mid-August 2017 torrential rainfall across Nepal’s border with India, mainly 13 out of 77 districts have been hit hard by recent flooding which has claimed the lives of around 100 Nepalese. The insistent monsoon rainfall that has lasted for around 3 days in mid-August has indeed yielded fatal tragedy over the daily lives in southern Nepal. The monsoon season usually starts in June and lasts till mid-September. Nepal government is working hard to assist and bring back the situation to the normalcy of local lives with its one door policy

The locals reported that the torrential rainfall got into devastating flooding as the rivers got engulfed the villages due to the people's encroachment of the natural riverbanks. The artificial dam at some places people have built-in recent year did divert the river course and fueled the flooding at a greater scale in the Southeast Asian countries including Nepal, Indian and Bangladesh.

It has been widely questioned the effect of flooding on adventure tourism in the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal mainly on the trekking and climbing routes as the most popular and busy autumn trekking season is approaching very shortly. The great relief of Tourism in Nepal is that the recent Flooding has not affected the trekking/climbing routes and destinations at all in the whole of Nepal. The adventure trek and climbing routes are located at the higher elevation and remain unharmed as the flooding took place at the lower land of Tarai.

Some impact of flooding hit the Chitwan National Park region resort and hotel but all of them are getting repaired and most of them have already started their operation as earlier. Road driving could slightly take longer in the affected region of Tarai. Nepal government is working hard to reconstruct all the aftermath roadways to make them functional before the Nation’s festive season of Dhasain that falls on the last week of September 2017.

Overall, though the flooding has affected the Lowland southern border side, it has not affected the adventure trails and routes in the Himalayan kingdom. Thus the entire trekking and climbing program is due to start as normal on time.

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