Heavy snow disrupts traffic, affects life in mountainous Karnali district

SURKHET: The snowfall that began on Monday morning has affected life in the mountainous districts including Mugu, Dolpa, Humla, Jumla and Kalikot.

People's movements have been largely restricted, while vehicular movements on long and short routes came to a halt. Likewise, flights from and to the affected districts have been disrupted.

Snow measuring four to six inches has accumulated in Khalanga of Jumla from the time it has been falling since 2:00 am yesterday, said Bishnu Poudel, Chief District Officer of Jumla.

Snowfall occurs on the day of Mahashivaratri every year, he added. The district recorded minus 6° C this morning, according to the district weather field office, Jumla.

The snowfall will however benefit farmers. The district agricultural development office said the snowfall will help to irrigate crops grown by the farmers and to maintain temperature to plant apple saplings.