Quake-hit in Gorkha wrestle with blizzard

Army helicopter loaded with relief materials returned to the district headquarters as it could not land in the area

Jan 12, 2016-After the snow started burying temporary huts in northern Gorkha, earthquake survivors are busy clearing their flimsy huts.

Khemraj Ghale of Barpak said it took him two days to remove snow from his shelter. “I shovelled the snow for the whole day and night as the roof of the hut cannot hold its weight,” Ghale said, adding that the snow had started to melt.

The chill has severely affected lives in the camp. “We are tackling hailstones, rainfall, lightning and blizzard,” said Khemraj.

Sarita Ghale, another displaced, said they were unable to go to the forest to collect fodder and firewood. According to police, locals and security personnel have cleared the snow from the temporary huts at Gupsipakha in Laprak.

Assistant Sub-inspector Kul Bahadur Adhikari, who reached Laprak, said the displaced worry about more snowfall in the area. “The temporary huts cannot withstand snowfall,” he said.

Telephone service has been disrupted in Laprak, Gumda, Kerauja and Uhiya, including other areas, due to the weather. Chief District Officer Uddhav Timalsena said they have requested the regional office of Nepal Telecom to repair telephone towers.

An Army helicopter loaded with relief materials returned to the district headquarters as it could not land in the area. Chief of the Bhairabi Dal Battalion Shivaraj Panta said they have prepared four truckloads of relief materials for the affected people in the district.

However, the relief materials could not be ferried to the quake-hit areas due to the adverse weather.

Man dies of cold in Manang

LAMJUNG: A young man died of cold in Manang district due to cold on Monday morning. The deceased has been identified as Sukdev Giri. He had been working at Hotel Himalayan Singi for the past two years. Police said the Kavre resident appeared past his teenage. He had returned to Manang from home on Friday. Manang received snowfall on Friday and Saturday.

Published: 12-01-2016 08:26

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