Stories By 'CHANDAN KUMAR MANDAL'
At a time when the country is battered by torrential rainfall, which is being linked with effects of climate change, more than 260 climate scientists gathered in Nepal, one of the most climate-vulnerable countries in the world, to discuss climate change’s impact and assess vulnerability and adaptation measures.
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Years of unchecked degradation of the fragile Chure range is one of the major causes of massive annual monsoon flooding in the Tarai districts of the country, according to environmentalists and conservationists.
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On Thursday, Amrit Mahato was in a tiny strip of land surrounded by Kamala River in Kalyanpur. Mahato, along with Santosh Sada, Reshama Devi Mahato and Anardevi Mahato from Hathamunda, Dhanusha, was there to harvest seasonal vegetables that they grow in that piece of land.
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The monsoon has arrived—and with a fury. Incessant rainfall, beginning Thursday night and continuing well into Friday, triggered floods and landslides across the country, killing at least 17 people, with six missing.
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The northern side of East-West Highway in Gaindakot, Nawalparasi, used to be an open barren land a little over two decades ago. What little vegetation that grew in the area would burn down every summer due to bushfires.
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UNESCO, the UN cultural body, has withdrawn from the restoration of Jagannath and Shree Krishna Mahavishnu temples, which were damaged in the 2015 earthquakes, following concerns of the locals and the heritage conservationists.
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