Heat wave hits life in west Tarai

- POST REPORT, Banke/Kanchanpur

May 23, 2015-

Normal life has been greatly affected due to the heat wave in western Tarai districts including Banke, Bardiya, Kailali and Kanchanpur. Temperature has soared while relative humidity has plunged in the past couple of days in the area.

The maximum temperature was recorded 42.2 degree Celsius in Nepalgunj while it was 40.4 in Dhangadhi on Saturday. Weathermen have forecast that the heat wave will continue for a few days.

The western Tarai belt is vulnerable to hot and dry summer wind condition, locally known as Loo, due to the influence of the scorching temperatures in Rajasthan and north-west regions of India.

“Temperature has increased in the area owing to the hot wind blowing from the west. The trend could continue for a few days. Human activities have been affected due to the scorching hot spell,” said Rita Mahato, chief at Nepalgunj-based office of the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology.

Hot weather has also increased the risk of various diseases like diarrhoea, typhoid, headache and fever in the region. Dr Arjun Prasad Shrestha at Mahakali Zonal Hospital said the number of patients suffering from diarrhoea, typhoid and viral fever is on the rise in the recent days.

Schoolchildren are also hit hard by the heat wave.

Published: 24-05-2015 06:39

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