Kathmandu: A prevailing severe cold wave sweeping through the southern Nepal`s Tarai region has claimed lives of twelve people in a single district of Siraha, including that of a child.
Among the dead include a 8-year-old minor, six elderly women and five elderly men.
Six persons including a minor died at Itariprasahi Village in Siraha district in the last six days, due to the sudden dip in the mercury.
Mostly, Dalit children and elderly persons lost their lives in the village due to cold as they could not manage warm clothes, according to the National News Agency (RSS).
Similarly, one elderly man and two elderly women died in Sakhipur Village due to excessive cold, according to Village Development Committee Secretary, Drabeshwor Das.
Likewise, two people lost their lives in Lamdaha Village and one in Tergena Govindapur Village.
Transport services, the market, factories and educational institutions in the district have been affected due to dense fog and prevailing cold wave.