People camp out on postal highway awaiting relief

- Ganesh Chaudhary, TIKAPUR

Aug 16, 2017-Around 2,500 flood-displaced families of Bhajani Municipality in Kailali district are living on the Postal Highway with their cattle for the last four days with little or nothing to eat. 

People have been stuck in the highway area as there is no high land nearby. “Almost all the low-lying areas have been flooded here. The highway remains the only dry place around,” said Jaya Prasad Dhungana, a local man of Sonahaphanta, who along with many others from Bhajani Municipality, has put up shacks by the highway. 

“We are living here with the cattle. We are left with no food. As there’s no toilet nearby, we are having difficulties to answer nature’s call here,” Dhungana added. 

Vehicular movement along the Bhajani-Tikapur road has been obstructed after the floodwaters swept away 2-km long stretch of the highway. 

People said that the highway area is getting polluted due to poor sanitation. But they are unable to return their homes as the areas in Bhanjani Municipality-3, 4 and 8 and Tikapur Municipality-6, 7 and 9 are still inundated, according to the local bodies.   

Flood victims of Bhajani complained that they have not received relief even 72 hours after the disaster. Bhim BK, a local man from Tikapur Municipality-7, said his 

family has been left with a limited stock of noodles, bitten rice and biscuits. 

“The postpartum mothers, children and elderly citizens have been the most affected due to the severe situation,” said BK. 

Published: 16-08-2017 07:43

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