December 20, 2017 03:45 AM NPT
By: Madan Thakur
RAUTAHAT, Dec 20: With the sudden dip in temperature, thick fog has started blanketing various parts of Rautahat and other districts in the Tarai crippling the normal life.
As the dense fog has blocked the sun, the locals everywhere are seen huddling around fire. The snowfall in mountain districts and the westerly wind have adversely affected the weather in many districts of the Tarai since the last five days. Chilling cold has also affected the trade and business. School students have been unable to attend their classes due to biting cold. Most of the shops remain closed throughout the morning.
The number of vehicles on the road has also decreased. Especially the elderly and the Dalits have been worst hit by the extreme weather. Last Monday, the temperature in the district headquarters Gaur suddenly dropped to 9 degrees Celsius and since then the temperature has been continuously decreasing.
Locals of Parsa, Bara, Rautahat, Sarlahi, Mahottari and Dhanusha have been equally affected by the cold. According to Shambhu Singh Suprim of Rajdevi Municipality, only a few people are coming out of their houses due to cold. It has been observed that the number of service seekers at the District Administration Office (DAO) and other government offices have decreased significantly. As the number of services seekers are less, government staffers are found sitting around bonfires.
According to Ganesh Bahadur Adhikari, the acting chief of the DAO, in view of the rising cold the DAO is planning to hold a meeting with the District Natural Disaster Relief Committee (DNDRC) soon to discuss relief for the affected people. He said they plan to provide firewood to communities for bonfires.