December 5: The northern belt of Gorkha district has witnessed snowfall since Monday night. Chum and Nubri valleys located in the upper region of the district received snowfall, according to Chairman of Chumnubri Rural Municipality, Nima Lama.
Chumchet and Chhekampar of Chum valley and Lho, Prok and Samagaon of Nubri valley were covered with snow, causing severe cold.
Hotel entrepreneur at Samdo, Nima Dorje Lama, informed that the snowfall has caused sheer inconvenience to daily life. Grazing cattle and collecting grass and fodder has been difficult.
The people are also facing problems of drinking water as the water has frozen at its source. Especially the elderly people, children and sick have been hit hard by the chill.
The Samdo village is located at 3,500 meters above the sea level. A local Chhang Dorje Lama informed that the highlands of mountain region were blanketed with snow.
The snow has also caused difficulty in the movement of foreign and domestic trekkers.
The Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) office said the tourists arrived at Manaslu area were bound to stay inside hotels.
However, the farmers here have been elated with the snowfall as it would be beneficial for winter crops and fruits.
Snowfall disrupts Mid-Hill Highway in Baglung
Meanwhile, the snowfall taking place from Monday morning has disrupted vehicular movement along the Baglung-Rukum East section of the Mid-Hill Highway.
The local residents said that the snowfall has occurred at Nisikhola in Baglung and Patihalne of Rukum East.
Til Bahadur Ghartimagar, a local resident, said that vehicles have remained completely off the road due to continuous snowfall.
The area witnessed rainfall since Sunday evening and snowfall since early morning on Monday.
According to Ghartimagar, the cattle taken for grazing have been taken to the lowlands due to snowfall there.
The area of the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is covered with snow and the normal life of the people there is badly affected. The Dhorpatan valley and the highlands are covered with snow, hotelier Ganga Bahadur Bhandari said.
However, the farmers there are also elated with the snowfall coupled with rain, which occurred after a long gap as they are hopeful of better yield of the winter crops. -- RSS