Soaring mercury affects life in Tarai

- POST REPORT, Kailali

Jun 9, 2014-

The constant rise in temperatures since last week has affected normal life in Western Tarai regions. Schools affiliated to Private and Boarding Schools Organisation Nepal and Nepal Private and Boarding Schools Organisation Nepal in the region have shut down since Sunday citing soaring temperatures.

The District Education Office (DEO) has also notified for the closure of community schools for a couple of days. Likewise, the number of patients seeking treatment for heat related incidents is on the rise. According to Seti Zonal Hospital, the emergency ward has been crammed with patients with typical summer diseases like diarrhoea and fever.

As there is virtually no movement of people during the day, the business sector has been hit hard. “It is only during the mornings and the evenings that people come to buy daily essentials,” said a shop owner Umesh Malla. Meanwhile, workers on daily wages have been finding it hard to keep up with the heat.

According to the department of hydrology and the meteorology field office in Attariya, the maximum temperature ranged from 40 to 43 degree Celsius during the past week, while the minimum temperatures have remained steady at 29 to 30 degree Celsius.

The DEO in Kanchanpur has declared a five-day holiday for all educational institutions in the district following a meeting between all the stakeholders.

Plea for respite from extreme temperatures

Locals in Nepalgunj have appealed the District Administration Office to arrange for some kind of respite from soaring temperatures. Despite temperatures soaring over 43 to 45 degree Celsius in the region, the administration has not closed schools, made proper arrangements for drinking water, and address the fluctuating power woes. Meanwhile, the concerned offices said they have initiated necessary measures to tackle the problem.

Published: 10-06-2014 10:46

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