Foodstuffs for quake-hit start ‘rotting’ in Gorkha

- SUDIP KAINI, Gorkha
Foodstuffs for quake-hit start ‘rotting’ in Gorkha

Jun 20, 2015-

Rice meant to be distributed among earthquake-hit people in the district is found to be rotting.

The matter came to light after some of the 10 sacks of rice provided by the District Disaster Relief Committee (DDRC) to Shree Manakamana Deaf Residential School was found rotten. A teacher at the school said they had to dump the rice due to its foul smell.

The rice was stored at a temporary camp of the District Disaster Relief Committee built by the World Food Programme in the district headquarters. As rainwater leaked into the camp, the remaining rice was shifted to the Nepal Food Corporation (NFC) godown. NFC chief in the district Ganga Prasad Sah, however, said their godown too is not safe for storage and some rice is kept even in his bedroom.

DDRC officials said they distributed around 93 of the total 133 tonnes of rice until June 15. Birendra Kunwar of the DDRC said all the foodstuffs they were distributing among earthquake-hit people were hygienic and safe.

Authorities, meanwhile, said that they have not been able to supply the rice to remote villages as landslides triggered by the April 25 earthquakes and its aftershocks have obstructed roads at various locations. NFC district chief Sah said foodstuffs supposed to be ferried to depots in remote villages such as Sirdibash and Machhikhola within this fiscal year are still kept at the district headquarters.

“Due to the earthquake, even the staffers have not reached the remote depots,” he said.

According to Sah, around 250 quintals of rice was destroyed as the Machhikhola depot collapsed due to the quake. He said quake-hit people in remote villages in the district are compelled to wait for helicopters to get foodstuffs as road networks are yet to come into operation.

 

Published: 21-06-2015 08:11

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