Snowfall adds to the woes of earthquake survivors in Barpak and Laprak

Gorakha, Jan 9: Snowfall following rain and hailstorm that battered Laprak, Barpak and Ghyachchok of Gorkha district last night has affected the normal life of the people, especially the earthquake survivors.

Barpak was lashed by hailstone and rain since 9 pm while Laprak and Ghyachchok were battered by hailstone since 11 pm Friday. Rainfall has occurred throughout the night in the area, a local said on the phone.”The mercury has plunged following the rain and hailstone, increasing the cold. People in these areas have not been able to come out of house and go for work.

Worst still, the earthquake survivors in these places who are living in makeshift shelters were drenched by the rain. Out of the 1,372 households in Barpak, 30 households at Snan village are still living in tents.

After the hailstone and rainfall, now it has started to snow. The hills around here are covered with snow. Barpak, Gupsipakha of Laprak and Dhansira village in Ghyachchok received snowfall.

The earthquake survivors have lit huge log fire and putting on whatever warm clothes they have to keep themselves warm, said the local from Barpak.

However, the sky has cleared in the morning today and the villagers are longing for basking in the sun.