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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10 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?

    • Kate Coffey says:

      If you were there in the late 80s, you would have been there before the Maoist-led civil war 1996-2006. The civil war deeply affected the country and put a stop to much infrastructure development. Since 2006, there has been an unstable environment with governments changing every year or so, and parties vying for the public funds.

      In a weird way, I would say the earthquake helped Kathmandu infrastructure get back on it’s feet. With so many global donations, it’s been possible to rebuild & extend the water services as well as drainage pipes throughout the city. However, the work has taken years and needless to say, not planned very well in terms of completing sections prior to monsoon.

      What you are seeing in this clip is the laying of water services pipes in Boudha and Jorpati which is a good thing … but the work should have been well completed before monsoon. It didn’t and this is what you get. Even without monsoon, there are holes everywhere, on the remnants of sidewalks and on the roads so even in the dead of night, you put your life at risk walking without a flashlight!

      My heart belongs to Nepal to, I first went there trekking etc in 2008 and 2011 and then returned to work there in 2013 at the Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre in Bhainsepati, about 2 hours east of Kathmandu. I have returned multiple times to work with SIRC and was heavily involved in post-earthquake work at the centre. I also do some work for small businesses as well as a foundation that supports Nepali young ladies receive 3rd level education. Where did you work??

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