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Drought, disease and partial rain on the rise in the country

Thursday, June 22, 2017

| Khabar Site

Kathmandu, June 21: Statistics have revealed that the incidence of drought, disease and partial rain as well as prevalence of pests have increased in the country in comparison to 25 years ago.
The fact was disclosed as findings of the National Climate Change Impact Assessment Survey, first of its kind study carried out in Nepal since a very long time.
The survey was undertaken for six months from mid-August 2016 to mid-February 2017. It came up with the finding that the climate change has impacted on multiple areas including forest, bio-diversity and health.
The survey report was launched amidst a programme organized here today by the Central Bureau of Statistics. It was carried out among 5,060 households of high-hill region.
Presenting the highlights of the survey report, CBS Director Sushil Kumar Sharma shared the experiences of respondents who noted that the incidents of drought, landslide, avalanche, diseases and presence of pests have increased than 25 years ago.
A checklist with 100 questionnaires was used as a tool to collect data from the respondents.
According to the report, some 64.05 per cent households of the sub-tropical region said that incidents of fire have increased over the time. Likewise, 70.25 per cent respondents have noted that new diseases have seen in crops while 66.09 per cent respondents said the epidemic of new pests have also increased during the past 25 years.
Some 45.98 per cent respondents said that new diseases infections have emerged among pet animals; 18.49 per cent respondents shared the disease caused by high temperature have also increased and 20.67 per cent respondents said the incidents of water-borne diseases have also gone up.
The survey has shown that the sources of water of 74.29 per cent respondents have been changed over the time. Likewise, 84.47 per cent respondents recounted their experience that the surface water quantity has also decreased.
Importantly, 74.56 per cent households of hilly region voiced their complaints that the sources of water have been completely dried up.
On the occasion, Joint Secretary at National Planning Commission (NPC) Tulsi Prasad Gautam, CBS Director-General Suman Raj Aryal, former Director-General Dr Rudra Suwal, Chief of TU Central Department of Environment Science Prof Kedar Rijal, CBS Director Dhundi Raj Lamichhane and Gehendra Gurung of Practical Action stressed on the need to give continuity of undertaking the survey on climate change. RSS
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