West chillier as rains, snow lash

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
West chillier as rains, snow lash

Dec 13, 2014-

Many places across the country, especially the Tarai and high-altitude regions, shivered in the grip of cold on Saturday as showers and snowfall worsened the lives of vulnerable families.

The low-lying districts in the far-western region experienced the first winter rains on Saturday while the mountainous districts higher up saw rains accompanied by snow, causing a cold wave in the area.

“The phenomenon will continue until Tuesday morning possibly causing rains in some parts of eastern Nepal from Sunday,” said Raju Pradhananga of the Meteorological Forecasting Division.

Rains since Saturday morning have afflicted poor and vulnerable families in several mid-western districts. They have been struggling to protect themselves from chill in the lack of adequate precautionary and preparedness measures. Regular flights to mountainous regions from Nepalgunj were disrupted owing to the bad weather, according to a report. Flood victims and landless families are affected the most due to the worsening weather. Upper areas of Manang, Mustang, Jumla, Humla, Kalikot, Mugu and Dolpa districts received heavy snowfall. Some places were covered by sheets thick as four-and-a-half feet.

According to the Met office, there are chances of heavy rain and snow in a couple of places along the high-mountainous region on Sunday. Kathmandu might receive its first drizzle this winter on Sunday.

Snowfall in Jumla was measured at 20.2 millimetres. A report from Rasuwa said high-altitude areas in the district have been witnessing snowfall since Saturday afternoon, affecting the movement of the people along with trekkers bound for Langtang and Gosaikunda. Children and elderly have been affected the most due to the sudden dip in mercury, said Tenzing Pasang, a local from Langtang area.

(With inputs from our district correspondents)

Published: 14-12-2014 09:16

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