Rain in plains, snow in highlands; life freezes

  • Bad weather to continue until Sunday: Weatherman
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Rain in plains, snow in highlands; life freezes

Jan 2, 2015-

Many places across the country, especially high-mountainous areas in the west, experienced intense cold on Friday with rains and heavy snowfall adding to public hardship.

The weather that turned bad on Thursday has affected people’s movement, road transport and flights. Scanty to moderate rains in the Tarai, however, benefit winter crops such as wheat and maize.

While skies remained cloudy most of Friday, many places in the western, mid-western and far-western regions and some parts of the central region received rain. Heavy snowfall was reported in high-altitude areas.

“A sudden change in the local weather system due to the influence of westerly winds resulted in wet weather and low day temperatures on Friday. This weather condition will continue until Sunday,” said Barun Poudel of the Meteorological Forecasting Division.

People in upper Hills and mountains in the Far West are literally freezing as layers of snow as thick as two feet blanket the surface.

Locals have been confined indoors while travellers were stranded midway on Bhimdutta Highway as the roads became unusable for vehicles.

Bagalek, Gariagaun, Gadesera, Durgamandau and Ghaneshwar Village Development Committees s of Doti and Kanda and Bungal VDCs of Bajhang and Bajura districts are among the most affected places.

In Manang and Mustang, airports have been shot due to the accumulation of snow while the movement of trekkers on the famous Annapurna Circuit has halted. Electricity supply to Mustang has been disrupted since Thursday night after problems surfaced in the transmission line from Bhurung Tatopani of Myagdi. According to Bidur Kuinkel, chief at the Mustang office of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, mobile phones and internet have been dysfunctional.

In Tarai, a cold wave has left children and the sick and elderly people on the brink. In Parsa, daily wage labourers were robbed of work as the chill affected activity. Children remain severely affected in Siraha district in the lack of proper shelter and warm clothes.

Lumle in the western region recorded highest rainfall at 29 millimetres among the 17 meteorological stations across the country. Jomson witnessed the lowest day temperature, below freezing point, on Friday.

(With inputs from our district correspondents)

Published: 03-01-2015 08:21

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