Flood-hit feeling hunger pangs

Inaruwa, August 24:

Health of many flood victims is deteriorating due to unavailability of nutritious food and medicines.

The victims said they had not been getting medicines though government offices, including the Sunsari District Public Health Office, and non-governmental organisations have been conducting free health camps since Tuesday.

Eighteen-year-old Meharoon Khatun of Sripur Jabdi VDC, who was rescued on the second day of flooding in the Saptakoshi river, has been suffering from stomach-ache even after treatment. Her two-year-old daughter is also ill.

“The doctor had suggested me to take medicines on time, but I cannot do that as I cannot have food in time,” she said.

“My daughter is starving because I am starving. She weeps the whole night because of hunger.”

The displaced of Sripurjabdi-3 have been taking shelter in a petrol pump in Inaruwa-8 of Saptari. Several of them have been starving because of shortage of food.

Rotary clubs of Dharan and Dharan, who have treated the victims, said the sick have not recuperated as they are not getting enough food. Many patients have been suffering from fever, said Manoj Shrestha, chairman of Rotary Club of Dharan.

“Many victims are not getting enough food,” said Salim Ansari of Sripur area.