Flood-hit deprived of relief

Janakpurdham, August 18:

More than 100 flood-affected families from Aurahi, who trekked 15 km to reach district headquarters Janakpurdham, have been deprived of relief.

Government sources said relief was not being distributed in the rural areas due to transportation problems.

Flood victim Ramsewak Mandal of Aurahi said many of the flood victims were being denied relief because their names were not in the list. The list was prepared much ago and did not contain names of recent flood victims.

Chief of the Social Development and Research, Ram Singh, said they had been distributing relief they received from the Caritas to only those victims whose names were in the list of victims prepared by the district administration office (DAO) and VDC secretaries.

Flood victims, however, alleged that there was hanky-panky in the distribution of relief materials and that those with connections to politicians and officials were given preference.

Dhanusha chief district officer Ramsharan Chimoriya said he had received a few complaints of irregularities in the relief material distribution.

Incessant rain over the last 17 days and subsequent flood has left 75 of the 101 VDCs of the district submerged. Some 35 VDCs among the 75 are very badly affected.

More than 50 houses have collapsed in Singyahi Madan, Nathpatti, Visharbhora, Lakk and other VDCs.