Death toll reaches 12 in Siraha due to extreme cold
People in Siraha face the wrath of dipping mercury, as the cold wave further intensified in last few days. The death toll has reached to 12. Of them, one is a child, six elderly women and five elderly men.
Intense cold wave swept most VDCs of Siraha with winds and foggy weather disrupting normal life here. Transport services, the market, factories and educational institutions in the district have been badly affected.
Number of patients suffering from various cold-related illnesses visiting health institutions in the district has gone up.
Locals said six persons including a minor died at Itariprasahi VDC in Siraha district in the last six days due to the sudden fall in mercury. Similarly, one elderly man and two elderly women died in Sakhipur VDC due to excessive cold, said VDC Secretary, Drabeshwor Das. Likewise, two people lost their lives in Jamdaha VDC and one in Tergena Govindapur VDC due to cold.
Mostly, dalit children and elderly persons lost their lives in the VDC due to cold as they could not manage warm clothes.
The people here have demanded that the government provide warm clothes to the poor, women and children, who have been affected by cold for lack of warm clothes.