Heavy snowfall throws life out of gear in Jumla


Khalanga, Jan. 23: Biting cold increased following heavy snowfall in Jumla has thrown the public life out of gear.
The long and short-route public transport services as well as educational institutions in the district have been affected due to the snowfall. Roads have been covered by the snowfall leading to disruption of traffic in Karnali Highway and Nagma Rara Road. Local at Chandanath Municipality, Ram Prasad Nepali, said that the snowfall has hit the daily lives of the locals.
They have been keeping warms burning fires and confining themselves indoor due to the chill increased following the snowfall, he shared.
The air service too has been affected by the poor weather, Jumla-Surkhet and Jumla-Nepalgunj flights have been disrupted since Tuesday, informed Sita Air's stagger in Jumla, Asesh Bhandari.
Service-seekers' presence has been sparse in the government offices here owing to the cold.
Housekeepers at Sinja area in the district confessed that their workload had increased with the snowfall as most of the male members of the household in their areas had flocked to Kalapahad for the prospects of job. Rita Pandey of Sinja-3 said that in absence of their male members, they had to singlehandedly take care of all household responsibilities. "The snowfall has further worsened our woes," she lamented.
However, the snowfall followed by winter rainfall has brought cheers to the farmers as it has brought relief to apple orchards and winter crops here in the district. This is the third snowfall in Jumla this winter. Farmer from Tila Rural Municipality-1, Nara Rawat excitedly said that the winter rain could facilitate smooth irrigation to their farming.
He viewed that even the snowfall which will eventually melt will aid in watering of the plant. Apple Superzone at Jumla's senior Agriculture Officer Jogendra Kanda said that the rain and snowfall would breathe a new life to withered plants as barley, millet and apple orchid. RSS

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