Feb 28, 2019-
Past few days Incessant snowfall has affected life in several districts across the country . Because of heavy snowfall, transportation, telephone and electricity services have been disrupted, leaving local people in a lot of stress.
Transport service between Kathmandu and Hetauda has come to a halt since early this morning,the road section stretching from Daman to Simbhanjyang via Palung has been covered with one and a half feet thick snow which resulted in the traffic disruption, informed the District Police Office, Makawanpur.
Likewise, the traffic service en route to Kathmandu from Hetauda via Kulekhani has also been disrupted due to rain and snow that occurred since last night, informed the Area Police Office, Palung. The Hetauda-Kathmandu road section via the Kulekhani route has also been covered with a feet thick snow.
Smiliarlly,In Bajhang districts transportation along the Jaya Prithvi Bahadur Singh Highway has been highly disrupted, as snow blanketed on the road at Shreebhawar and Khodpe areas. ”Vehicular movement comes to a freeze whenever it snows in the area. As soon as we clear the road of snow, fresh snow piles up,” said Binod Balami, a transportation entrepreneur. According to him, transportation has been disrupted for the past two days, and that has affected hundreds of passengers travelling to and from the district.
The regional meteorological office said that various districts in the mid and far-western regions witnessed more snowfall this year in comparison to the past few years.
Meanwhile, patients suffering from cold-related diseases are on the rise in the district lately. “The number of patients suffering from asthma, pneumonia, common cold and other respiratory problems are increasing in the district hospital as well as other health institutions in the district,” said Dr Anup Regmi at the district hospital.
Likewise, the recurring snowfall has affected life in Humla, Dolpa, Mugu, Jumla, Kalikot, Manang, Mustang, among other mountainous districts. Because of the biting cold, farmers in the areas are struggling to manage fodder for their livestock, and crops—including wheat, barley, mustard and vegetables are being destroyed.