Cyclone Hudhud, which has reportedly killed seven people and damaged properties worth millions of rupees so far in India, triggered rains in Nepal on Monday.
Eastern and central parts of Nepal received rains all through the day with Simara of Bara district recording the highest amount (5.4 mm), according to the Meteorological Forecasting Division (MFD). After Simara, Kathmandu recorded the second highest amount of rain (5.0 mm).
The MFD also recorded rains in Dang, Pokhara, Bhairahawa, Okhaldhunga, Taplejung, Dhankuta and Biratnagar — in some places just drizzles and traces — on Monday.
Meteorologists predict more rains — heavy and incessant in some parts — on Tuesday as well. However, unlike Monday, rains will lash mostly central and western parts of Nepal.
“Cyclone Hudhud hovered over the sky of south Chhatisgarh in India, triggering rains in central and eastern parts of Nepal,” said Subash Rimal, a meteorologist at the MFD. “It will reach Uttar Pradesh and will trigger heavy rains in central and western Nepal on Tuesday.”
Weather officials predict that the impact of cyclone Hudhud will end from Wednesday in most parts of Nepal. However, it will end only from Thursday in the far-western region.
Although storms and rains caused by cyclone Hudhud killed people, battered ports, uprooted electricity poles, trees, huts and damaged buildings in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa, the MFD officials predict that damages of such magnitude are unlikely in Nepal.
“The damage in India has been caused by cyclone-triggered storms,” said Rimal. “There is and will be no storms in Nepal. There will just be rains.”
Cyclone Hudhud originated in the Andaman and Nicobar Island on October 6 and made a landfall on the coastal area of Andhra Pradesh on Sunday. It has been moving toward northwest thereafter.
“The speed and force with which cyclone moves in the sea decreases once it makes a landfall,” said Rimal. “It would have otherwise caused more damages.”