Snowfall pushes mercury down to -3 in Manang, Mustang

LAMJUNG: The life in trans-Himalayan districts of Manang and Mustang has come to a standstill after the temperature further plummeted to -3 degree Celsius.

A continued snowfall since Sunday afternoon has pushed the mercury down in the mountains.

The upper areas in the districts had witnessed snowfall whereas the cold wave has lashed life in the neighbouring Lamjung district, affecting the daily life of the people here.

Manang Chief District Officer Ganja Bahadur MC said that the district headquarters Chame and remote villages of Nar and Phu have been blanketed with snow.

Local Yangdung Gurung of Upper Pisang in Manang district said his locality was covered by the snow up to 5 centimeters.

Khangsar, Tanki Manang, Ghyaru, Ngabal, Pisang of the Upper Manang were also blanketed with 1-cm thick snow, said the locals.

A government official Sanjeev Chaudary said the tourists were not affected by the snowfall. They instead were seen enjoying trekking and taking snapshots in the snowfall, he added.

DSP Chitra Bahadur Gurung said no human casualty was reported due to the sudden change in the weather. The vehicular movement along the Besishashar-Manang road is also not affected.

Meanwhile, many people in the districts have shifted to lower regions to skip the cold.

However, civil servants, hotel entrepreneurs and house attendants have been left behind in the upper regions.