WFP replaces rotten rice in quake-hit Gorkha

- SUDIP KAINI, GORKHA

Jul 2, 2015-

The World Food Programme (WFP) has recalled the damaged rice distributed to the earthquake victims in Laprak VDC of Gorkha. The rice sacks were taken to the WFP warehouse in Deurali on Thursday, locals confirmed.

The UN agency has also replaced the rice, said a local, Marsingh Gurung.

The rice distributed in Laprak to the quake victims in mid-June was found unfit for consumption which was later confirmed by the WFP as well. A parliamentary probe team had also concluded that the rice was rotten. The government has since asked the concerned authorities to take action against WFP officials.

The WFP has been distributing rice to earthquake victims in coordination with Save the Children and Red Cross Society.

Meanwhile, Laprak locals have taken exception to  the comment of John Ging,  the director at UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affair , that the Nepali media published ‘nonsense reports’ on the issue.

“The allegations made should be taken back,” said Santosh Gurung, a local leader of Nepali Congress.

Published: 03-07-2015 08:03

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