Transport service was obstructed due to snowfall followed by heavy rain yesterday in the highlands of Ramechhap.

The bone-biting cold in the hilly areas has crippled life. Gumdel, Bamti, Gupteshwor, Rasnalu, Doramba, Daduwa and Gauswara, among other places, witnessed snowfall yesterday and transport service in these areas was obstructed.

Dawa Sherpa, a local of Sailung Rural Municipality, said the roads were covered with a thick layer of snow and even pedestrians found it difficult to walk. He said the chilling cold had hit the elderly and children the most. Another local Lakpa Sherpa at Gumdel said life had been badly affected due to snowfall and rain. He said the cold had forced the people to stay indoors.

Sherpa added many people were suffering from common cold and cough in the area.

Similarly, Kyama, Chhewar and Sording also witnessed snowfall.

Tej Bahadur Magar, a local of Gauswara, said the areas were mostly covered with snow about four feet thick. Vehicles heading towards Mudhe and Kholakhara were stranded. Meanwhile, farmers looked happy hoping that the snowfall would help increase the winter crop harvest.

A version of this article appears in the print on February 8, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.