December 13, 2019 07:21 AM NPT
Nepal Police personnel patrolling a snowed-out Humde area in the upper part of Manang district on Thursday. The upper parts of Manang are seeing snowfall since Wednesday evening. Photo: Republica
POKHARA, Dec 13: The upper areas of Manang district witnessed snowfall on Thursday. The first snowfall of the season has sent the temperatures down and rendered life difficult for the locals.
According to DSP Tika Bahadur Karki, the chief of District Police Office, Manang, the snowfall started from Wednesday evening. “The temperature dropped significantly on Thursday morning. Upper parts of Manang including Disyang Rural Municipality and Napa Bhurmi Rural Municipality are all white,” Karki said, adding that the snowfall continued till 10 am Thursday.
“The chill has increased. The locals in the upper areas are especially affected,” he said, adding that the snowfall occurred above the altitude of 3,200 meters.
Karki further added that a team of police has been mobilized at Humde Bazzar in Disyang Rural Municipality-4 after the snowfall to help the locals if needed.
The snowfall has not obstructed vehicular movement in the district.
The number of trekkers in the Annapurna circuit has also declined markedly since the past few weeks, according to DSP Karki. “The number of tourists has declined significantly as the area is prone to heavy snowfall this season.”
According to the meteorologists, the temperatures have dropped across the country due to the westerly winds. The upper hilly and mountainous regions have witnessed snowfall on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology has said Friday will be mostly cloudy throughout the country, and rainfall is likely in some places. Likewise, upper mountainous regions could see heavy snowfall Friday, according to the department.