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Untimely snowfall in Mustang

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MUSTANG — Untimely snowfall is taking place since Wednesday evening in Upper Mustang. This is the first experience for many to see snowfall during mid-May, according to the local elders.

Snowfall began in the night followed by the heavy rainfall in the evening, with the Muktichettra, Dalome and Lomantang rural municipalities affected by it.

Snow as high as half a feet has accumulated and snowfall continued as of its morning, according to Amit Tulachan from Chasang. The rain and snowfall is likely to impact the ongoing works in the Beni-Jomsom-Korala road and affected public transportation linking Jomsom to Upper Mustang.

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Farmers are also worried that off-season snowfall would have adverse impact on their apple farms and other crops.

Meanwhile, the Muktinath temple premise is also covered in snow. However, it will not impact preparations for the visit of the Indian Prime Minister, according to Deputy Superintendent of Police of Mustang Ramhari Pandey. The preparations have reached the final stage.

Efforts are also underway to clear public transportation along the Beni-Jomsom road that has been obstructed in various locations as a result of the rain and snowfall.

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2 killed, 5 injured in tractor accident

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HETAUDA — Two persons were killed and five others were seriously injured after a tractor fell off the road last evening at Panchpandav village in Bagmati Rural Municipality-4, Makawanpur.

Police said that 50-year-olds Hem Kumar Shrestha and Bakhat Rai of Hariharpur Rural Municipality in Sindhuli district lost their lives in the fatal accident.

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Shrestha died on the spot while Rai breathed his last on the way to a hospital in Hetauda, police added. The tractor (Na 6 Ta 442) was heading to Sindhuli district from Phawarbari in Makawanpur by supplying construction materials.

Those seriously hurt in the incident are Shivamaya Magar, Shakti Rai, Mohan Rai, Krishna Rai and Tilak Rai. The incident site is near Makawanpur-Sindhuli border along Dharan-Chatara road section.

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