Water crisis in Nuwakot

- PRAKASH ADHIKARI, NUWAKOT

May 2, 2015-

As victims of the catastrophic quake on Saturday continue to demand food supplies in relief, residents of the district headquarters are in dire need of drinking water. The devastating quake on April 25 had damaged the natural water sources used by locals.

The Bidur Drinking Water Consumers’ Committee, which distributes drinking water through 2,000 taps installed around the municipality, stated that landslides had obstructed water flow at the main source and that they had been facing difficulties in removing the debris. The Nepal Army had failed to remove the debris from the landslide on April 27.

Amid the shortage of supply, water from alternative sources are said to be contaminated for locals have been dumping dead livestock, and human remains and ashes following their cremation, into the Trishuli and Salakhu rivers. There are around 20,000 drinking water taps in eight VDCs.

Bagtar Drinking Water Supply organisation of the district began distributing water for the victims in major market hubs at the district headquarters from Saturday.

The obstruction of water supply has increased the risk of the spread of diseases in the absence of proper sanitation among the victims taking shelter under makeshift tents. Stench from toilets of locals, hotels and government quarters spreading into the area has also posed threat to the victims’ health.

Published: 03-05-2015 09:07

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