Cold hits children, senior citizens hard

- POST REPORT, Siraha
Cold hits children, senior citizens hard

Jan 10, 2015-

Ramlalit Kumar Sadaya, a daily wage worker, has been confined to his hut at Krishnapur-3 for the past few days owing to the biting cold. The impoverished Sadaya family beats the cold by making fire.

Ramlalit said his family was struggling to manage two square meals a day as he could not go out for work in the cold wave. “I borrowed some foodstuffs from a local shop as I remained jobless,” he said, adding that his family would starve if the cold spell continued for some days.

This is just a case in point. Many people are hit hard by the cold wave in some Tarai districts for the past few days. Children and the elderly in Dalit, landless and impoverished communities have been greatly affected. To make the matter worse, people in such communities have to take loan to cure those have been taken ill due to the severe cold.

Spokesperson at the District Public Health Office, Raj Bir Yadav, said the number of patients suffering from diseases caused by cold has been significantly increased in the district.

He said more than 1,000 patients visit the health institutions in the district on a daily basis of late.

People’s movement has decreased in Lahan, Mirchaiya and Golbazaar, among other places in the district. People were seen making bonfire to keep themselves warm.

Local farmers also complained that the cold wave damaged vegetables. Birendra Yadav, a local farmer at Pipra, said the cold wave damaged potato, cauliflower, onion and tomato.

Man dies of hypothermia

Nepalgunj: A 40-year-old man reportedly died of hypothermia at Kohalpur-8 in Banke on Friday night. Tika Lamichhane of Bijayashwori-3 in Rukum was found dead in an under-construction house on Saturday morning. Lamichhane, who came to Kohalpur to meet his daughter, slept in the house on Friday night. The body was taken to Bheri Zonal Hospital for post-mortem.

Published: 11-01-2015 09:28

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