Friday, November 30, 2012

November weather trend in Kathmandu in recent years

Following the month of October in 2012, November 2012 also proved to be among the coldest November compared to past five years'. The daily mean and minimum temperature was comparable to those of November 2009.

The month saw only two days with daytime max exceeding 25°C, where as the minimum temperature stayed below 10°C expect for a day. The first day of November 2012 was the warmest with daytime maximum temperature of 25.7°C, while the 14th logged the lowest minimum of 4.6°C.

Past thirty years data shows the average monthly rainfall in the month of November is 7.9mm. However, expect for the 9.4mm rainfall in November 2011, the monthly rainfall in recent years is way below the average. November 2012 received only 1mm of rain.

Below comparison of November 2012 weather trend to past five years trend.

Daily averages

Daily Max

Daily Min

November averages and extremes

Number of warm and cold days

data: Meteorological Forecasting Division, Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, World Meteorological Organization,

Month-wise weather trends in recent years:

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Nepal Census 2011

Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai released the National Population and Housing Census 2011 (National Report) today (November 26, 2012). The latest census, prepared by the Department of Statistics, Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) shows annual population growth at 1.35% compared to 2.25% growth in previous census conducted in 2001. The report shows female population rising to 51.5 percent while the male population is 48.5 percent.

The Census 2011 report states there are 125 caste/ethnic groups. Chhetri is the largest caste/ethnic groups having 16.6% (4,398,053) of the total population followed by Brahman-Hill (12.2 percent ; 3,226,903), Magar (7.1percent ; 1,887,733), Tharu (6.6percent ; 1,737,470), Tamang (5.8 percent ; 1,539,830), Newar (5.0 percent ; 1,321,933), Kami (4.8 percent ; 1,258,554), Musalman (4.4 percent ; 1,164,255), Yadav (4.0 percent ; 1,054,458) and Rai (2.3 percent ; 620,004).

Nepal population growth trend

Major Highlights

1. Household information

1.1 Population and Households: Population of Nepal as of the census day (June 22, 2011) stands at 26,494,504 showing population growth rate of 1.35 per annum. Similarly, Total number of households in the country is 5,427,302 with 5,423,297 individual households and 4,005 institutional households (Barracks, Hostels, Monasteries etc).

1.2 Ownership of housing units: Altogether, 85.26 percent of the households reside in their own house whereas 12.81 percent in rented, 0.63 percent in institutional and 1.30 percent in other arrangements. In urban areas, 40.22 percent live in rented house. Kathmandu district has the highest percentage (58.65) of households living in rented house.

1.3 Type of foundation of house: Nearly ten percent (9.94 %) of total households live in houses with the foundation having RCC pillar, 17.57 percent households in house with foundation made up of cement-bonded bricks, 24.9 percent in wooden pillar, 44.21 percent in mudbonded bricks and 2.33 in other type of foundations. In urban areas, 28.42 percent of the households live in houses with the foundation having RCC pillars.

1.4 Type of outer wall: Highest number of households (41.38 percent) live in houses which has outer wall made of mud bonded bricks or stone followed by outer wall made of cement bonded bricks or stone(28.74 percent), bamboo wall (20.23 percent) and wood/planks (5.31 percent).

1.5 Roof of the house: Twenty Eight percent of the total households live in houses roofed with galvanized sheet followed by tile/slate (26.68 percent), RCC (22.48 percent) and thatched/straw roof (19.03 percent).

1.6 Source of drinking water: Tap/Piped water is the main source of drinking water for 47.78 percent of the total households. Tube well/hand pump is the main source of drinking water for about 35 percent of the total households, while spout, uncovered well/kuwa and covered well/kuwa are the main source for 5.74 percent, 4.71 percent and 2.45 percent respectively.

1.7 Usual fuel for cooking: About two-third of the total households (about 64 percent) use Firewood as usual source of fuel for cooking followed by LPG (21.03 percent), cow dung (10.38 percent). Bio-gas and Kerosene is used for cooking by 2.43 and 1.03 percent of the 1 total households respectively. Very few households (0.08 percent) use Electricity as usual fuel for cooking. In urban areas, more than two third (67.68 percent) of the total households use LPG as their usual fuel for cooking.

1.8 Source of lighting: More than two third (67.26 percent) of the total household’s main source of lighting is electricity. Kerosene is used by 18.28 percent of the total households for lighting while solar and bio-gas is source of light for 7.44 and 0.28 percent of the total households respectively.

1.9 Toilet in the house: More than one third (38.17 percent) of the total households do not have toilet in their houses.

1.10 Household facilities:
The percentage of households having various kinds of household facilities is tabulated as follows.
Household facility Percentage of Households
Nepal Urban Rural
Radio 50.82 53.56 50.17
Television 36.45 60.67 30.66
Cable television 19.33 53.80 11.10
Computer 7.28 23.66 3.37
Internet 3.33 12.11 1.24
Telephone 7.37 22.66 3.72
Mobile phone 64.63 84.07 59.98
Motor 1.57 4.03 0.98
Motorcycle 9.58 23.62 6.23
Cycle 32.38 29.95 32.96
Other vehicle 0.68 0.65 0.69
Refrigerator 7.16 23.21 3.33

1.11 Female ownership of fixed assets: Altogether, 19.71 percent of households reported the ownership of land or house or both in the name of female member of the household. In urban areas, 26.77 percent of the households show female-ownership of fixed assets while the percentage stands at 18.02 in rural areas.

1.12 Absent member in households: One in every four households (25.42%; 1.38 million households) reported that at least one member of their household is absent or is living out of country. Total number of absent population is found to be 1,921,494 against 762,181 in 2001. The highest proportion (44.81 percent) of absent population is from the age group 2 15 to 24 years. Gulmi, Arghakhanchi and Pyuthan districts reported the highest proportion of their population being absent (staying abroad).

1.13 Household size: The average household size has decreased from 5.44 in 2001 to 4.88 in 2011 at the national level. The household size is recorded highest (6.44) in Rautahat district and lowest (3.92) in Kaski.

2. Individual characteristics
2.1 Population size, growth and distribution: Population of Nepal as of the census day (June 22, 2011) stands at 26,494,504. The increment of population during the last decade is recorded as 3,343,081 with an annual average growth rate of 1.35 percent. Terai constitutes 50.27 percent (13,318,705) of the total population while Hill and Mountain constitutes 43 percent (11,394,007) and 6.73 percent (1,781,792) respectively. Among the five development regions, Central development region has the highest population ( 36.45 percent) and far western region records the lowest ( 9.63 percent).

2.2 Sex Ratio: Sex ratio (number of males per 100 females) at the national level has decreased from 99.8 in 2001 to 94.2 in 2011. In abstract number, there are 796,422 more females than males in the country. Sex ratio is highest (127) in Manang district and lowest (76) in Gulmi district.

2.3 Population Density: Population density (average number of population per square kilometer) at the national level is 180 compared to 157 in 2001. The highest population density is found in Kathmandu district (4,416 person per square km) and lowest (3 person per square km) in Manang district.

2.4 Population Growth in Districts: The fastest decadal population growth rate is found in Kathmandu district (61.23 percent), and least in Manang ( -31.80 percent ). Altogether 27 districts including Manang, Khotang, Mustang, Terhathum, Bhojpur etc. recorded negative population growth rate during the last decade.

2.5 Urban Population: The urban population (population residing in 58 municipalities) constitutes 17 % (4,523,820) of the total population compared to 13.94% (3,227,879)

2.6 Working age population: The working age population (aged 15 to 59 years) has increased from 54 percent (12,310,968) in 2001 to about 57 Percent (15,091,848) in 2011 showing the population structure is shifting for enjoying demographic dividend in the country.

2.7 Household Head: Female-headed households in the country has increased by about 11 point percent from 14.87% in 2001 to 25.73% in 2011.

2.8 Caste/Ethnicity: There are 125 caste/ethnic groups reported in the census 2011. Chhetri is the largest caste/ethnic groups having 16.6% (4,398,053) of the total population followed by Brahman-Hill (12.2% ; 3,226,903), Magar (7.1% ; 1,887,733), Tharu (6.6% ; 1,737,470), Tamang (5.8% ; 1,539,830), Newar (5.0% ; 1,321,933), Kami (4.8% ; 1,258,554), Musalman (4.4% ; 1,164,255), Yadav (4.0% ; 1,054,458) and Rai (2.3% ; 620,004).

2.9 Mother Tongue: There are 123 languages spoken as mother tongue reported in census 2011. Nepali is spoken as mother tongue by 44.6 percent (11,826,953) of the total population followed by Maithili (11.7% 3,092,530), Bhojpuri (6.0%; 1,584,958), Tharu (5.8%; 1,529,875), Tamang (5.1%; 1,353,311), Newar (3.2%; 846,557), Bajjika (3.0%; 793,418), Magar (3.0%; 788,530), Doteli (3.0%; 787,827), Urdu (2.6%; 691,546).

2.10 Religion: There are ten types of religion categories reported in the census. Hinduism is followed by 81.3 percent (21,551,492) of the population while Buddhism (9.0%; 2,396,099), Islam (4.4%; 1,162,370), , Kirat (3.1%; 807,169), Christianity (1.4%; 375,699), Prakriti (0.5%; 121,982), Bon (13,006), Jainism (3,214), Bahai (1,283) and Sikhism (609).

2.11 Disability: About two percent (1.94%; 513,321) of the total population reported to have some kind of disability. Physical disability constitutes 36.3 percent of the population with disability followed by Blindness/Low Vision (18.5%), Deaf/Hard to hearing (15.4%), Speech problem (11.5%), Multiple Disability (7.5%), Mental Disability (6%), Intellectual Disability (2.9%) and Deaf-Blind (1.8%).

2.12 Literacy Rate: Overall literacy rate (for population aged 5 years and above) has increased from 54.1 percent in 2001 to 65.9 percent in 2011. Male literacy rate is 75.1% compared to female literacy rate of 57.4%. The highest literacy rate is reported in Kathmandu district (86.3 %) and lowest in Rautahat (41.7%)

Download Census Report 2011

National Population Census
Central Bureau of Statistics

Monday, November 12, 2012

Earthquake in Nepal | M5.6 hit Souther Bajhang in Western Nepal at mid-night of November 12

Update: Second quake measuring M4.5 hits Bajhang at 6:27pm.

Kathmandu, November 12: National Seismological Center web portal reported an earthquake measuring M5.6 in Far Western Nepal at 0:24am local time (18:39 UTC) on Nov 11th. According to the NSC the quake was epicentered at Southern Bajhang.

Update: Earthquake measuring M4.5 hit Bajhang again at 6:27pm local time (12:42 UTC) on the eve of the first day of festival of lights, Tihar. So far there are no reports of casualties.

Click here for more on recent earthquakes in Nepal.

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