Ramidanda inaccessible

- Harihar Singh Rathaur, Jajarkot

Aug 18, 2014-

The residents of Ramidanda have been held hostage since a week by the landslide which destroyed the road and bridge connecting them to surrounding villages. After the landslide swept away the bridge and mills in the area, the victims have had to go on empty stomachs for days on end due to the delay in supply of relief.

“The landslide has swept away the wooden bridges at Chedakhola (stream) and around three dozen mills in Serikhola, Chedakhola, and Kotelikhola,” said a local, Lal Bahadur Pun.

Since most of the males from the 40 households in Dhaulakot, Ramidanda-9, have are in Jumla and Dolpa for work, the women have been surviving on corn, said local Dharmi Nepali. After the land caved in at Ramidanda-7 and 8, 27 houses have been completely destroyed, while families of over four dozen households have fled their houses. The heavy downpour on the night of Aug 13 had damaged the whole ward.

Meantime the number of diarrhoea patients has gone up in the area due to the consumption of contaminated water. The locals had been compelled to drink stream water after the water distribution lines were sliced off.

An organisation distributed relief materials to 36 households of Ramidanda and nine families of Sakla. Around 25 kilograms of rice, two packets of salt, oil, biscuits, noodles and rice sent by the Home Ministry were distributed. They have also distributed 25 pieces of blankets to 25 Dalit households.

Published: 19-08-2014 09:15

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