Cyclone Nilofar may affect Nepal too; authorities request high alertness

Cyclone Nilofar may affect Nepal too; authorities request high alertness

Weather experts have warned that Nilofar cyclone that developed in the Arabian Sea on Saturday may affect Nepal as well.

Suggesting alertness, experts have already warned that the cyclone may cast impact upon Oman, Karachi of Pakistan and Gujarat of India.

“Based on observations, it is predicted that the cyclone will touch Gujarat by November 1 bringing heavy rainfall,” says Raju Pradhananga, a scientist with Nepal’s Weather Forecast Division, while talking with Nepalnews on Wednesday.

“Three days after the cyclone enters Gujarat, the cyclone may bring mild rain in Nepal’s far-west and mid-west regions along with some snowfall.”

Rainfall will weaken the cyclone but it changes its direction all of sudden and there is no guarantee that it would have impact only in the predicted certain areas, Pradhananga says.

Initially, Nilofar cyclone was moving towards Oman but now it is heading towards India and the Division has informed Nepal’s Home Ministry about this developing situation.

“We have already instructed local administration to remain in high alert about the effect of the cyclone,” says Yadav Koirala, chief of the Ministry’s Disaster Management Department.

In particular, trekking business and people living in high mountain areas are more vulnerable and security bodies in those areas have been informed about the potential disaster.

Trekking Agents’ Association Nepal has cautioned its members about the potential danger urging them to remain alert and take precautions during trekking, says Keshav Pandey, the Association’s Search and Rescue Convenor.

According to Indian Weather Forecast Division, the cyclone’s speed is 145 km per hour and will remain in Karachi, Pakistan for two days on Friday and Saturday. Thereby, it will reach Gujarat with heavy storm and rain.

Administrations of both India and Pakistan have cautioned their citizens to move to safer places and follow necessary precautions.

The “Hudhud” cyclone which developed in the Bay of Bengal two weeks ago caused massive physical damages in Orissa and Andhra Pradesh states of India. Likewise, this cyclone brought heavy rain and snowfall in northern Himalayan areas of Nepal, killing more than 20 high altitude trekkers in Manang, Mustang and Myagdi districts.

Source: Nepalnews