The residents of Limi face the challenges of this yr’s snowfall

Limi village in the 6th parish of Namkha rural community in Humla saw the first snowfall of the winter season in the last week of December. The second time was at the end of January. It has been two weeks since the last snowfall and the valley is still covered in four feet of snow, making life difficult for local residents.

The snow and freezing temperatures have forced the station office and health posts in the three Limi settlements – Halji, Jang and Til – to close. The snow made everyone inconvenient, but above all people with health problems, says Rangdu Tamang, a resident of Halji.

“Everywhere is snow. We were not able to lead our daily lives. All health posts are closed, so we have to rely on home remedies for illness, ”she said. “We haven’t been able to graze our cattle for about a month and a half because of the snow.”

Girmet Tamang from Halji says it is worse for the children and the elderly who are badly affected by the cold. “There are no health workers in the village and we can’t even get paracetamol.”

Police personnel stationed in Limi have also moved to the Simkot district headquarters due to extreme weather conditions.

“Most of the people’s representatives in the region are also not in the villages,” said Paljor Tamang, chairman of the 6th community in Namkha rural community, also in Kathmandu. “The administration and development work has come to a standstill. We have completed some small development projects and the rest will resume from mid-April. “

According to the chairman of the community, Tamang, there are 90 houses in Halji, 32 in Jang and 30 in Til.

Local residents usually get groceries and other essentials for themselves and their livestock before the serious winter season sets in. But this year the Covid-19 pandemic prevented them from stocking up.

“The border with China was closed for most of the year because of the pandemic,” said Rangdu. “We used to go to markets in the border area to buy food for us and feed for our cattle, but this year we couldn’t make the trip due to restrictions related to Covid-19.”

The current villagers’ reserve may not last long, says Rangdu. She urges the government to make arrangements for Limi’s residents to survive the rest of the winter season.

“The authorities should at least send some grains of food into the villages as all households are now running out of food,” she said.

According to community chairman Tamang, villagers could not store enough food for this winter due to the border closure.

“Around 500 quintals of rice were distributed in the villages through Food Management and Trading Company Limited before it started snowing,” he said.

He estimates that the population should last the villagers at least a month longer.

The snow and freezing temperatures also influenced the studies of most of the Limi children. While most schools in Limi have closed after a heavy snowfall, Sunkhani Elementary School has lit classes with fires to keep students and teachers warm.

“We have to complete this year’s course, so we continued teaching,” Karnajit Buda, the school principal, told the Post. “We’re making a fire to keep warm. Closing the school would disrupt the students’ academic session. “

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