Snowfall stalls life in mid-west, far-west

JAJARKOT/BAJURA: A heavy snowfall in various districts of Mid-Western and Far-Western Development Regions has affected normal life since Tuesday.

More than a dozen villages of Jajarkot district received a heavy snowfall coupled with an incessant rainfall since yesterday.

Temperature has plummeted due to the snowfall rendering elderly and children at the receiving end.

District headquarters Khalanga and other villages Paink, Jhapra, Ramidanda, Nayakbada, Rokayagaun, Archhani, Pajaru, Talegaun, Dhime Dah, Majkot and Kortang among other villages of Jajarkot were worst hit.

Schools in these villages could not conduct teaching-learning activities on Tuesday and Wednesday.

High hills of Bajhang, Humla, Jumla, Mugu, Bajura, Darchula, Baitadi and Achham among other districts were covered with as thick as one-foot snow.

Road link to 11 northern villages of Bajura district from the district headquarters Martadi was obstructed as the snow blocks froze on the roads.

Meanwhile, the bad weather also forced flights from the districts from the Nepalgunj Airport to shut operation since Wednesday morning.

The rainfall, however, offered a respite to local farmers who were fearing that a drought would destroy their crops.

In east also

Meanwhile, snowfall also affected eastern districts of Taplejung and Panchthar also.

Olangchungola, Yangma, Ghunsa, Lelep, Gyalpa, Tokpegola and Phale of Taplejung and Phalaincha, Chyangthapu and Memeng of Panchthar had witnessed snowfall from 7 pm yesterday to 1 am today.

Taplejung District Police Office said the snow frozen on ground in Pathibhara Temple area of the district is around two-foot thick.

Temperature in the region has plummeted significantly.

(With inputs from our Panchthar correspondent Laxmi Gautam.)