Heavy Rain in Nepal

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At least 40 persons have been killed and dozens are missing in unprecedented floods, landslides and house collapses nation-wide 0n 23 July 2002.
The biggest rain in 30 years that triggered the floods, landslides and house collapses has killed 16 persons in Kathmandu Valley, injured 11 others are missing.
A dozen people have been killed in Makwanpur, seven in Kavre and three in Syangjha districts. The rains have damaged infrastructure and swept standing crops causing millions of rupees in damage.
Meteorologist said Kathmandu recorded an unprecedented 169.5 mm of rainfall in 24 hours until Tuesday when 102.8 mm of rainfall was recorded on 28 July 1972.
The Hanumante Khola in Bhaktapur overflowed its banks flooding the Sunrise Garment Industries and the Samsung television assembly plant. The sun played hide and seek as it attempted to break the thick cloud cover over the Valley the whole on 23 July 2002.
Many residential areas are still under water in the Valley Tuesday after the flood waters of Bagmati and other rivers entered homes. The Bagmati river swept away drinking water pipeline between Khokana and Pharping cutting off water supply to Kokara, Bungmati, Shaibu, Bhaisepati and parts of Patan area.

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Lekh Nath Pokharel
Section Officer, Ministry of Home Affairs
His Majesty's Government of Nepal