Heat wave affecting life, to continue for a few more days

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

May 19, 2014-

Residents in the Central and the Western Tarai districts will have to wait for at least another three days to have respite from the oppressive heat wave they have been experiencing these days.

Weathermen forecast the heat wave condition will continue to persist for at least another three days as there is no chance of rainfall activity in that period.

“With no signs of rainfall or cool winds travelling from India, the heat wave condition is likely to prevail further in the Tarai districts along the West and Far-Western region along with some parts of the Central region,” warned Subash Rimal of Meteorological Forecasting Division.

He added that the districts along the western Tarai belts are vulnerable to hot and dry summer wind condition, also locally known as Loo, due to the influence of the scorching temperatures along the nearest Indian side in Rajasthan and north-west part including the Uttarakhand area.

The dry spell compounded with absence of development of rain forming systems along the low pressure areas in the western Tarai districts along with the low-lying districts in the Central Region has led the mercury level to rise above 35 degree Celsius in most places with Nepalgunj town of Banke district registering the highest 42 degree Celsius on Monday.

Other places which recorded temperatures above 40 degree Celsius were Dhangadhi and Dipayal and Bhairahawa. The Eastern Tarai districts, however, with the influence of the low pressure system developing along the Bay of Bengal in India, are getting cool air containing some moisture, resulting in occasional thunderstorms in some Hill districts like Okhaldhunga and Taplejung.

With the day temperatures soaring above 40 degree Celsius in Bardiya, human activities in public places have significantly decreased in the recent days.  Likewise, the dry spell followed by hot afternoon wind has also affected the life in Nawalparasi, Chitwan, Makwanpur, Parsa, Sarlahi, Rautahat districts.

Hot weather has also increased the risk of various diseases. According to Dr Bisheshwor Shah at Bardiya District Hospital, along with the diarrhoea, complaints of headache and fever have increased of late. In Kapilvastu, a 60-year-old man died of an apparent hypertermia three days ago.

Schools in various Tarai districts have reported an increase in the absent percentage of students in the recent days.

(With inputs from district correspondents)

 

Published: 20-05-2014 10:16

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