BARDIYA: The government’s failure to provide relief package from the centre and lack of support from the donor agencies has left flood victims in Bardiya starving.
Bardiya District Administration Office that heads District Disaster Rescue Committee has run out of relief materials while tens of thousands of victims are starving.
As many as 28,642 flood-hit families are taking shelter in 43 temporary camps in the district. DAO has managed to provide foodstuff that can meet the needs of people living in only four camps. Victims in other camps have been hungry for days. A week has passed since they were rendered homeless.
Bardiya CDO Tej Prasad Paudel said there was shortage of rice, pulses, salt and cooking oil. “The number of victims is large, but food items are in short supply,” said CDO Paudel.
Displaced Durga Chaudhary said they had to make do with a few packets of noodles and beaten rice.
Stakeholders today asked the government to provide relief from the centre, as local relief material was not enough.
In some camps, the local administration has distributed only rice. “The government has not sent salt, cooking oil or pulses. The rice too will last only two or three days,” CDO Paudel added.
He said World Food Programme had provided 200 quintals of rice yesterday, while Plan Nepal had given Rs 6 lakhs in the name of relief.
Bheri Zonal Police Chief SSP Madhusudan Pudasaini said a team of health workers from mid-western regional police hospital established a health camp at Babai today. More than 400 victims underwent health check-up there.
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