Snowfall paralyses life in high altitude areas


Lamjung/Bajura, December 13

Incessant snowfall since yesterday has hit life hard in the mountains.

Places like Thorang La Phedi, Yakkharka, Manang Gaun and Hunde of Manang received heavy snowfall. “There is a sea of snow everywhere, and as the cold has increased with the snowfall, people have shut themselves inside their homes,” said Manang Disyang Rural Municipality-6 Ward Chairperson Sonam Gurung.

Snowfall has also been reported in Mustang, where temperature has slumped to minus two degree Celsius and regular flights between Pokhara and Jomsom disrupted.

Places at higher altitude in Sudurpashchim and Karnali provinces have also been receiving snowfall since yesterday evening.

Life has been affected badly in districts such as Bajura, Doti, Bajhang, Baitadi, Darchula and Dadeldhura of Sudurpashchim Province and Humla, Jumla, Mugu, Achham and Jajarkot of Karnali Province.

In Bajura, places like Himali, Chhededaha, Swami Kartik and Jagannath Rural Municipality and Budhinanda Municipality have seen heavy snowfall. With Pokhare Lekh stretch of the Pandusain-Martadi road section receiving heavy snowfall, transportation to the district headquarters Kolti has also been disrupted. Most of the schools in Himali Rural Municipality are closed with the heavy precipitation.

Bajhang’s Kanda, Dolichaur, Surama, Gadara are the places witnessing heavy snowfall. While Dolpu, Kirami, Polu, Mugu of Mugu have received heavy precipitation, it snowed in Dadeldhura’s Sahukharka and Hagulte regions and Baitadi’s Khodape, Satabanjha and Musyangchaur as well.

In Darchula, Ghusa, Khadeshwori and Byas regions have witnessed heavy snowfall. With this, regular flights from Nepalgunj to remote destinations like Bajura, Humla, Jumla, Dolpa and Mugu have been disrupted. Usually, 30 to 40 flights operate from Nepalgunj to these destinations, on a daily basis.

In Dolpa, annual examination in a basic and four secondary schools in Thulibheri Municipality were cancelled today due to heavy snowfall. The municipality clarified today’s exam of Nepali subject had to be cancelled as there was no condition for the kids to sit in the exam owing to the cold weather.

In Dolakha too, high altitude places have received heavy snowfall. Snowfall is continuing in places like Kalinchowk, Sailung, Jiri and Gaurishankar.


A version of this article appears in print on December 14, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

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