Nepal | May 27, 2020

Far-west receives heaviest snowfall in 20 yrs

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

An excavator covered in snow at Khodape along the Dasarath Chand Highway in Baitadi, on Friday, January 25, 2019. Photo: THT

Dhangadi, January 25

Life has been severely affected in the hilly districts of the Far-west Province due to snowfall today said to be heaviest in the past twenty years. Today’s is the second snowfall in a week.

“We hadn’t seen such a heavy snowfall here since 1998,” said Lokraj Joshi of Dadeldhura, who said the snowfall had completely blanketed the district headquarters.

Baitadi, Doti, Bajura, Darchula, Bajhang and Dadeldhura have received snowfall, which has disrupted transport movement on a number of roads linking the Tarai with the hills.

While Baitadi’s Dasharathchand Highway has been obstructed due to snow piled up at places such as Anarkholi, Khodpe, Satbajh and other high elevation places on the highway, transportation has also been disrupted along the Bhimdatta Highway.

Darchula’s northern areas, including Api, Ghusa, Khandeshwori, Chingru, Byas, Tinkar have received snow. High altitude places in Doti have also been blanketed with snow. Places like Khaptad, Bhalma, Goladeu, Shikhar, Kedar have received snow.

Meanwhile, the snow has thrown life out of gear in the region, where people have shut themselves up inside their homes to protect them from the biting cold.

Children and the elderly are the hardest hit, not to mention those suffering from chronic diseases.

According to Chief District Officer of Dadeldhura Mohan Joshi, hundreds of passengers have been stranded on the way on the Bhimdatta Highway due to the snowfall. “There is no way we could remove the snow and resume transportation unless the snowfall stops,” he said, adding the snowed out stretches of the highway would be opened once the snowfall stopped.

 


A version of this article appears in print on January 26, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Budget expectations

The government is all set to announce the budget for next fiscal year on Thursday and people involved in different sectors have various expectations. Amid this, The Himalayan Times spoke to a few tourism entrepreneurs who were not satisfied with the government’s policies and programmes to learn ab Read More...

File photo of the headquarters of the World Health Organisation in Geneva

WHO warns of 'second peak' in areas where COVID-19 declining

GENEVA: Countries where coronavirus infections are declining could still face an “immediate second peak” if they let up too soon on measures to halt the outbreak, the World Health Organization said on Monday. The world is still in the middle of the first wave of the coronavirus outbreak, WHO Read More...

15 including ward chair arrested in connection with Dalit youth's killing in Rukum

JAJARKOT: Police have arrested Dambar Bahadur Malla, ward chair of Chaurjahari Municipality-8 along with fifteen others in connection with the death of three youths in Rukum West. Three more are still missing while scores were injured in the incident. One of the youths, Nawaraj BK (21) of Bheri M Read More...

Australian PM calls for economic overhaul to fuel post-coronavirus recovery

Truce between employers and workers needed: PM Australia plots economic recovery Australia records just over 7,100 cases of COVID-19 Six cases from ship recently arrived from the UAE recorded SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday called for an ideological truc Read More...

Nepal reports highest single-day spike, Covid-19 spreads to 46 districts

KATHMANDU: Health Ministry on Tuesday confirmed 90 new cases of coronavirus infection which has taken the Covid-19 case tally to 772 in the country. This is the highest single-day total recorded in Nepal, so far. The new infections were detected through tests carried out at the National Public Read More...

Prime Minister Oli calls an all-party meeting

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has called an all-party meeting today. The meeting has been called to discuss COVID-19 situation in the country, the government's response and the way ahead. PM Oli had addressed the nation yesterday regarding the same. In addition, it has been learnt th Read More...

NHRC calls for immediate legal action in Chaurjahari incident

KATHMANDU: National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has expressed its concern over the killing of Nawaraj BK, Tikaram Sunar and Ganesh Budha and the circumstances of three others missing in the incident in Soti of Rukum West. Issuing a press release on Tuesday, NHRC expressed its sadness over the Read More...

FIFA bans Haiti soccer official for sexual abuse allegations

ZURICH: The president of Haiti’s soccer federation has been suspended from the sport while under investigation for alleged sexual abuse of young women players at the national training center. FIFA said its ethics committee investigators removed Yves Jean-Bart from duty for 90 days. That interim Read More...