Kathmandu roads during monsoon

Take a look at the Nepali Times 2.30 mins clip of a bike’s journey from Jorpati to Chabahil in the city of Kathmandu, Nepal.  Grant it, it is monsoon season which makes things worse, but Jorpati is as bad as this clip shows … at least it was 6 weeks ago when I was there.

Many people with disabilities live in Jorpati due to its proximity to the Orthopedic Hospital, so you can imagine the challenges facing those on crutches or in a wheelchair, trying to make their way around!

I had not realized the schoolgirl who fell into the drain, actually died.

Besides the crowds, crazy traffic and pollution, this is one of the reasons why I spend as little time as possible in Kathmandu, especially during monsoon.

About Kate Coffey

After 25+ years in the investment management industry, I packed in my job and spent 2014 living and working in Nepal and Bangladesh, and visited some other places in between. It took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and it's people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Sanga foothills. Since 2014, I have continued my warm relationship with SIRC and worked closely with my friends there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes to date. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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3 Responses to Kathmandu roads during monsoon

  1. Becky Dawson says:

    I’m very saddened by this dear person being swallowed. I did not think Kathmandu was like this – I think I have a 70’s hippie cafe Kathmandu idea in my head. I wish peace for everyone and I do feel guilty for living so safe during my days. I do not understand the meaning of life – I think I am not alone there…

    • Kate Coffey says:

      Ever since I began to travel to Nepal in 2008, there are holes in the street (no sidewalks to speak of) where great care must be taken not to fall into them, especially at night. Flooding and muddy waters make it more difficult. This is how it is I’m afraid.

  2. I am so saddened to see this. It was never so bad as this in 1986. I suppose the population pressures and earthquake have not helped.
    I have a interest in Nepal. I used to support a charity there at an orphanage. Did to travel there for work, may I ask?

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