Life has been affected due to snowfall in the high hilly areas of Bajura.

Locals said there had been snowfall in the hilly areas after 42 years. The snowfall has been continuous since Wednesday evening at Himali, Dahakot, Gaumul, and Jaganath rural municipalities, as well as Badimalika, Tribeni, and Budhinanda, among other hilly areas.

Dhan Bahadur Rokaya, a local of Gaumul Rural Municipality said that normally snowfall would take place around January-February, but "It had occurred at the end of April for the first time." Excessive cold has hit life hard due to snowfall in the high hilly areas of the district. This has added to the woes of people who had migrated to the mountainous areas. Snowfall has been continuously at altitudes above 3,000 metres since last evening.

An elderly citizen said there had been snowfall after many years.

Locals said there was no snowfall above the altitude of 4,200 metres in Badimalika this month.

Earlier, people could walk freely to religious and tourist spots, but this has become difficult now.

Tribeni Municipality Mayor Ram Singh Rawal said they could not walk freely as snow had blanketed the areas.

He said he had seen snowfall around the end of April for the first time. He said there was no snowfall during winter last year.

Dhan Lal Padhya, a local of Badimalika Municipality said snowfall at the end of March was something new for him.

Continuous snowfall accompanied by rainfall has not stopped since yesterday.

Local farmers looked elated and were filled with high hope that their crops might grow well due to rainfall.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 23, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.