Snowfall disrupts electricity and internet in Sudur Paschim

Published On: December 18, 2019 10:27 AM NPT By: Pushkar Bhandari

DADELDHURA, Dec 18: Snowfall in Sudur Paschim Province has affected normal life in the region.  

The snowfall, which started from Friday, has disrupted electricity supply and internet connectivity, and blocked highways in the region. As there is no internet connectivity, banks and financial institutions (BFIs) have failed to provide banking services to their customers. Likewise, government offices have also been affected due to disruption in the internet connectivity.  

Due to the snowfall, the highways in the region were blocked for two-three days. Meanwhile, the passengers who were earlier stuck in the highway have already reached their destinations.  

Internet services of companies such as Worldlink, Subisu, Vianet, among others remain disrupted since Friday, making it extremely difficult for the customers seeking services in BFIs and government offices.   

The internet service provided by Nepal Telecom resumed from Sunday afternoon only. After the snowfall, FM broadcasting service in Dadeldhura – headquarters of the province – was also disrupted. On Friday, a lightning struck two FM stations in Dadeldhura. There are four FM stations in Dadeldhura.  

As the electricity supply is irregular in the region, other FM stations have also faced difficulty in their operation. “As the temperature has dropped significantly over the last few days, radio stations have failed to run their scheduled programs on time,” according to Ram Khatri, station manager at Community Radio Sudur Aawaj.  

The markets in the district headquarters and other places were partially open over the last few days due to the cold weather. Locals were hardly seen outside their houses.  

According to Lokraj Bhatta, chairman of Dadeldhura Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the import and export of goods has also been affected, as majority of transactions are recorded through the internet.  

On Monday, electricity supply in Dadeldhura was cut for more than 12 hours. Meanwhile, the power supply was also irregular.

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