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Extreme cold affects life in Solukhumbu

  

MANOJ SHRESTHA

SOLUKHUMBU: With the onset of winter season, life in Solukhumbu district has been adversely affected.

Due to the bone-chilling cold, people are keeping themselves inside the house and the government offices have been closed.

Most of the schools in the district are closed and the schools which are running also witness fewer students.



A view of ice frozen in Namche of Solukhumbu on Friday‚ December 20‚ 2013. As the winter progresses‚ temperature level in the mountian regions is going down everyday. Photo: Ang Tenzing Sherpa

“Due to the freezing cold, children cannot take out their hands from their pockets and as the examinations are going on we have to send our children to the school,” Muna Khatri said. School going children are largely affected from the cold.

“Due to cold we are unable to write in the examination,” a student said.

Nima Sherpa, a wage labour said that she could not work as the mercury was dropping down day by day.

People in the district have been compelled to sit around the fire to warm them.

The power cut hours have also been increased in the district due to the cold. Chaylsa Electricity Company, which distributes electricity in the district has increased the load shedding hours to seven hours a day from last Monday.



Photo: Ang Tenzing Sherpa

“It is difficult to see one house from another due to the fog and the mercury has dropped to -9 degree Celsius during the night time,” Nima Dorje, a local resident said. “Though the tourist season has ended, some tourists are seen heading towards their destination,” he said.

Flights in the Lukla Airport have also been disrupted for the past three days due the poor visibility.

Some places of the district are also blanketed with snowfall.

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