Cold death toll reaches 24 in Rautahat

Rautahat, January 17

Two persons, including an infant, died due to excessive cold following the cold wave in Rautahat last night.

With this, the death toll from cold in the district has reached 24. One-and-half-month old Anurag Dube of Gaur Municipality and Tej Thakur Hajam, 51, of Garuda Municipality, Rautahat, died of extreme cold, said police. The child, who was with his mother, was found unconscious due to cold. He died while being rushed to Gaur Hospital the same night, according to police.

Similarly, Hajam had fallen ill due to cold. He died after vomiting in the night.

Meanwhile, the District Disaster Rescue Committee has provided one lakh rupees to each of the bereaved families.

An accountant at District Administration Office, Rautahat, Sanjaya Jha said the relief amount was handed over to a total of 11 families who had lost their members to extreme cold.