Published at : July 23, 2019
Updated at : July 24, 2019 10:02
After a brief taste of blistering summer heat, the late monsoon came as a blessing. While the farming community welcomed the rains, many in the southern plains also felt its wrath in the form of floods and landslides.
While the rest of the country is having a love-hate relationship with the rains, Kathmandu valley, each year—and for a long, long time—has a whole different experience when it comes to monsoon.
The dusty roads of the Capital, as soon as the rain arrives, turn into a muddy mess. Scenes of people trying to avoid the puddles, vehicles stuck in waist-deep mud, and school children navigating through waterlogged road sections with their overweight backpacks have become common at this time of year.
Why is it so bad? The reasons haven’t changed over the years either: unplanned and delayed road constructions, haphazard urbanization, and apathy from the local authorities in repairing damaged road sections.
These photos show the deplorable condition of our nation’s capital. Vehicles navigate through a road section with potholes at Guheshwori, Gaushala. Angad Dhakal/TKPA rickshaw driver struggles to push through a waterlogged road section at Dallu in Bishnumati corridor. Angad Dhakal/TKPA woman walks in a muddy road at Jagaran Tole, Balkhu. Beeju Maharjan/TKP A biker tries to keep balance after his motorcycle slips at a muddy road section near Balkumari in Lalitpur. Anish Regmi/TKPA woman walks through a muddy road section at Jawalakhel, Lalitpur. Elite Joshi/TKPA motorcyclist rides through a waterlogged road section as two cyclists try to avoid the muddy water at Dallu road section in Bishnumati corridor. Angad Dhakal/TKPA woman crosses a muddy road section at Chuchepati along the Chabahil-Jorpati road section. Angad Dhadkal/TKPA vehicle plies through a waterlogged road section in the Capital. Beeju Maharjan/TKP A person walks in the mud as the water level descends after a flood at Oriental Colony in Kuleshwor, Kathmandu. Anish Regmi/TKPA two-wheeler passes through a waterlogged road section in the Capital. Anish Regmi/TKPA woman carrying a traditional basket heads towards her destination over a muddy road in Thecho, Lalitpur. Prakash Chandara Timilsena/TKPA staffer at Lalitpur Municipality cleans the debris swept by rain water inside Mangal Dhara at Patan . Elite Joshi/TKPA motorcyclist rides through a waterlogged road at Manohara corridor in Balkumari, Lalitpur. Hemanta Shrestha/TKP A woman walks along a muddy road section at Thecho, Lalitpur. Prakash Chandara Timilsena/TKP