Wednesday, 6 July 2016
At least 25 houses were swept away on Wednesday by a flash flood in Bhotekoshi River in Sindhupalchok district after incessant rains since Tuesday night. Road sections and hydropower projects have suffered severe damage.
Bhotekoshi, a transboundary river originating from the Himalayas in the Tibet in China, saw a sudden rise in water levels--above four metres--at Barhabise at 9pm on Tuesday compared to 1.85 meters at around 5pm.
The Flood Forecasting Section under the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) had issued a high alert for the Bhotekoshi and Sunkoshi rivers up to Dolalghat, along the Araniko Highway, at 10pm and asked the downstream villagers to move to safer locations. “Locals had managed to move away from the vulnerable areas to safer locations after the timely alert. No human casualties were reported,” said Rishi Ram Sharma, director general at the DHM. Glacial lake outbursts flooding events were reported in the Bhotekoshi and Sunkoshi rivers.
Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.
Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.
Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.