Many years ago I saw a film or documentary with the above title – and it was terrifying! The country of Nepal is so dependent on the rains that come during monsoon – I didn’t even want to think about a year without it!
Well, even though we have had some rain, enough to create beautiful green hillsides and to grow lots of weeds! – the monsoon has not really come as it has in past years. We saw an article in the Nepali Times newspaper when we were in Pokhara a few days ago – here is some of the story:
“After a weak start, the monsoon’s progress across Nepal has been blocked by a persistent westerly front. Meteorologists in India have predicted a late and erratic monsoon season, which will impact food production, economic growth and drive inflation. Although it is expected to start raining again in Kathmandu during the weekend, farmers in large parts of Nepal will not be able to observe paddy planting day on 29 June. Forecasters haven’t said yet that the monsoon has failed, but deficient and late rains will have a significant impact on the economy in a country where nearly 80 per cent of farms are rain-fed.
In places like Tansen where there are no lakes or rivers to provide irrigation for the rice fields, the farmers daily watch the sky and hope for rain. The sun beating down only makes the high humidity feel somewhat like living in a sauna….
Please pray for the “westerly front” to move away so the monsoon rains can establish themselves, creating rain for the farmers, and rain to fill the rivers for hydro electric power and rain to fill the water tanks at the hospital and the springs and lakes which will provide needed water for the rest of the year here in Nepal!