Flood victims deprived of relief

Kanchanpur

Jul 28, 2014-

Locals of Bhujela VDC-11 who were displaced in floods last week are yet to receive relief materials. More than 40 households were displaced when the floodwaters from Chowkisota canal inundated their homes.

Sumitra Sunar, one of the victims, said they are having a tough time as their kitchenware and food supplies were either swept or damaged by the floods. “We have been surviving on noodles and biscuits,” she said.

Another victim, Lok Bahadur Chettri, complained of not even receiving a kilogram of rice in the name of relief for victims. Most of the displaced families have returned to their homes after the water levels receded, and those whose houses were damaged by the floods are taking shelter at their neighbours’.

“None of us have received any relief but we have heard rumours of others receiving the relief meant for us,” said Kausha Devi Panta. The water had entered the settlement as no measures were taken for the management of the floods in the canal when the Indian side constructed embankments in their territory to prevent the erosion from floods in the Mahakali river. According to Chief of the People’s Embankment Office Anoop Keshar Thapa, talks are under way with Indian officials for managing the canal. The floods had also damaged the embankment constructed on the Nepali side.

A majority of the residents from the flood-ravaged settlement are daily wage workers belonging to the Dalit and backward communities.

Published: 29-07-2014 09:02

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