BHAKTAPUR, Nepal – Floods have inundated Bhaktapur, about 12 kilometers southeast of the capital Kathmandu, as the seasonal monsoon rains drench the Himalayan country.
Heavy rains have caused the Hanumante River, which flows through Bhaktapur district, to overflow and flood the local streets.
The floods have slowed road traffic and Nepali soldiers have been dispatched to help people navigate around the city.
According to a tweet from the Nepali government’s Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, more than 31 centimeters – almost one foot – of rain fell in the districts around Kathmandu, including Bhaktapur, Nagarkot, Chununarayan and Godavari since Wednesday night.
A landslide caused by floods also reportedly killed three people in the Bhaktapur district.
The monsoon season occurs across South Asia from June until September.
Despite the value of monsoon rains for agriculture in the region, they also cause floods every year, leading to numerous deaths and destruction to property and infrastructure.