Stories By 'CHANDAN KUMAR MANDAL'
When floods triggered by incessant rainfall this week gushed into homes and began sweeping people away, many residents in the flood-hit regions in the Tarai were caught flat footed.
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A litre of bottled water, a small bucket with beaten rice, a packet containing 1kg of savoury snack “Dalmoth”, and a sheet of tarpaulin were what each flood displaced families of Rautahat’s Fatuwa Bijaypur Rural Municipality received as relief from the state on Friday, a week after the disaster.
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As flood survivors struggle to come to terms with the disaster, they fear disease outbreaks, for they lack proper shelter, food, clean water, sanitation and basic medicines.
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“All I want now is a tarpaulin sheet,” said Dev Narayan Yadav, a flood victim of Shivanarayan Tole Ward 10 of Itahari Sub-Metropolitan City in Sunsari.
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Sanumaya Rai (22) had gone to visit her nephew Nimesh Rai, who would be celebrating his fourth birthday the next day. But, his birthday never came. Instead of celebration, mourning followed the Rai family, residents of Gairigaun, Itahari Sub-Metropolitan City-4.
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Tilathi, a small village with around 400 households on the south of Saptari district bordering India, has in recent years become synonymous with flooding.
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