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11 injured in Kathmandu dust storm

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KATHMANDU – At least 11 people were injured when a vicious dust storm hit the Kathmandu Valley on Monday evening, influencing flights and the traffic movement of the capital city. Those injured were four women and seven men, according to police.

A massive dust storm had arrived from Western bearing and cleared through the Kathmandu Valley.

Two people were injured at Tri-Chandra Campus, while others sustained minor injuries in Swayambhunath, Sitapaila, Kadaghari, Old Baneshwor, Teku, among different spots.

A large plume of dust and debris billowed into the air everywhere, forcing the people to stay indoors, while people on the streets ran to safety to avoid breathing the dust.

The thundering storm that lasted around 15 minutes causing darkness in broad daylight created panic among the Valley denizens. Traffic came to a grinding halt in different places for around half an hour.

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Over 20,000 drivers taken action through CCTV monitoring

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KATHMANDU— The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) has effectively launched monitoring of vehicles plying on the road through close circuit (CC) camera in Kathmandu valley.

Traffic Police are keeping a close watch on drivers to check whether they are following the traffic rules or not.

A total of 20,024 drivers of various vehicles faced action based on such monitoring. The police begun this bid since 2073 BS and it has become effective so far, said SSP Basanta Panta of the Traffic Division.

Most of the cases were related to violation of the traffic lane and driving on ‘one way’ roads, he added.

The police are monitoring the traffic activities through 460 close circuit cameras installed at the Division Office, Ranipokhari.

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