Chill prevails across Tarai, one death in Rautahat

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Chill prevails across Tarai, one death in Rautahat

Dec 6, 2014-

The chilly weather has started affecting life in several Tarai districts with one death reported in Rautahat on Friday night. Jholamajhi Musahar, a fifty-year-old man from Laxmaniya VDC, died of “hypothermia”.

Weathermen say a cold wave with early morning fog will continue in the next few days particularly across the 20 Tarai districts. Rautahat is among the districts noted for cold-related deaths.

The Meteorological Forecasting Division reports that day temperatures are dropping across the country. Alerting the authorities including the District Natural Disaster Relief Committee against cold-related problems among the public, the Supreme Court on Thursday directed the government to take proactive measures.

The apex court ordered the Prime Minister’s Office, ministries of Local Development, Finance and Home Affairs, and local bodies to prevent the loss of lives in Tarai districts. A 2011 data from the Disaster Inventory System shows that cold waves claimed more than 596 people, injured 83, affected 2,393 and caused a cumulative loss of Rs134.65 million in the past 40 years.

Children and the elderly are more vulnerable to cold weather. Jhanka Nath Dhakal, an official with the Home Ministry, which responds to natural disasters of varying nature, said the government has directed district authorities to make local communities aware of protective measures.

Flights cancelled due to poor visibility

All the flights to and from Bhairahawa were cancelled on Saturday due to bad weather. Dayananda Chaudhary, acting chief at the Gautam Buddha Airport, said flights could not take off and land due to the poor visibility caused by a thick fog. There are five flights from Kathmandu to Bhairahawa daily.


Published: 07-12-2014 08:59

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