People huddle around fire as cold grips Tarai

Published On: December 20, 2018 01:40 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

SIRAHA, Dec 20:  Life in the Tarai Madhes has been affected due to the adverse weather brought about by a cold wave. 

People’s movement and activities in the bazaars of the Madhesh including in Lahan is greatly decreased in the morning time due to the cold wave. 

People, especially from the economically poor families, are finding it hard to fend off the winter cold. 

Siraha, the eastern Tarai district, has been affected due to a sudden increase in cold for the past two days. Increased cold and a cold wave have caused an adverse weather, directly causing impact on people's daily lives to health. 

The number of patients with common cold, fever, breathing complication and joint and muscle pain has significantly increased in the District Hospital, Siraha. 

The flow of patients at the Lahan Hospital and other health facilities in rural areas is equally high in these days, the District Public Health Office Siraha said. 

The market wears a deserted look in the evening due to cold. Fog and chilling cold have made life difficult in the districts of the eastern and central Tarai Madhesh. A cold wave has been sweeping these districts since the past two days. 

Siraha, Udayapur, Sunsari, Morang and Jhapa districts in Province 1 and Bara, Rautahat, Sarlahi, Mahottari, Dhanusha among other districts in Province 2 are affected by the cold wave. 

The temperature in Lahan was 11 degrees Celsius this morning. Mostly infants and older people have caught common cold, fever, pneumonia and respiratory-related diseases. 

People's movement in the district headquarters, towns and market areas has significantly gone down with a dip in temperature in the past two days. Only few people are visiting government offices to seek services. 

Doctors at the Siraha District Hospital said some 20-25 visit the hospital with cold-induced health issues each day. Daily wage earners are among the most affected class. 

People have started making bonfire for protection from cold. The District Administration Office, Siraha has already issued a circular to the local government, Forest Division Office, Siraha and other authorities concerned to arrange for bonfires in public areas of poor settlements. 


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