LAHAN, Jan 7: Three people including a six-year-old child have died due to hypothermia in Siraha district. Biting cold has gripped the district with the onset of a cold wave in the last few days.
Lav Kumar Saha, 6, the son of Shambhu Saha of Golbazar municipality-4 and 70-year-old Ram Prasad Mahato of Lalpur, Golbazar municipality-2 died due to the freezing cold last night.
The child who had become unconscious due to hypothermia died after the parents brought a shaman to cure him thinking that the boy had fainted due to some other cause, a local Ram Bharosi Yadav said.
Similarly, 55-year-old Ram Ratan Mahato of Kasaha, Dhangadhimai municipality-7 died on Saturday due to excessive cold. Locals said that Mahato had been suffering from respiratory disease.
Life in the district has become hard due to the excessive cold. People have not been able to come out of their homes except for some emergency works. Patients suffering from cough and cold, fever and cold diarrhoea have increased at hospitals.
Meanwhile, the local Bishnupur rural municipality has distributed blankets to 300 poor and underprivileged families in the area to help them fight the cold. (RSS)