January 7, 2018 10:03 AM NPT
RAJBIRAJ, Jan 7: Two people have died in Saptari district on Saturday due to excessive cold brought by a cold wave that has intensified since the last five days.
The victims include 65-year-old Lakahan Thakur of Agnisaieer, Krishnasabaran rural municipality-4 and 70-year-old Mushaharu Chaudhari of Musharniya, Khadak municipality-8, deputy Superintendent of Police, Dhruba Kumar Shrestha, said.
Thakur succumbed to the cold while he was staying inside a cowshed while Chaudhari died due to hypothermia at his house. Cold has claimed seven lives in Saptari district so far.
Children and older people of Mushahar community at risk
The intense cold that has increasing over the last couple of days has made the life hard for the Musahar community at Hanumannagar Kankalani municipality-2 as the people of this community are so poor that they do not have enough clothes to keep themselves warm. They cannot afford to buy warm clothes and blankets.
The children and the older people in the dalit settlement comprising 60 households are most vulnerable due to the cold, said Krishna Sada, a local. RSS