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Cold wave hits mid-Tarai districts

Himalayan News Service
Cold wave

BP Chowk engulfed in thick fog, in Gaur, Rautahat, on Thursday, December 8, 2016. Cold wave has badly hit life in Tarai for the last few days. Photo: THT

Rautahat, December 8

Incessant cold wave blowing from the west for the past two days has badly affected life in the mid-Tarai districts, including Rautahat.

Parsa, Bara, Rautahat, Sarlahi, Mahottari and other districts have been covered in thick fog for the last few days. The cold wave has forced people to stay indoors until late morning, and even offices and marketplaces open only in the late afternoon, and are closed early in the evening.

Government and private offices have reportedly seen a drastic fall in service seekers. Transport services have also been affected due to the thick fog that has compromised visibility along the East-West Highway road section.

The District Traffic Office, Rautahat has urged vehicle operators to drive carefully considering greater chances of accidents occurring due to the fog. Similarly, District Public Health Office has also requested locals to take all measures to protect against the cold and to take care of elderly citizens and children.

Meanwhile, Rautahat Chief District Officer Narahari Baral said firewood would be distributed to the needy and poor Dalit settlements in the district. “The Red Cross, Oxfam, and the District Disaster Rescue Committee will coordinate with the forest office to distribute firewood from tomorrow,” he informed. He further added that warm clothes have also been distributed in the most affected areas.

A version of this article appears in print on December 09, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.

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