Food crisis worsens in Dailekh

Dailekh, August 26:

With disruption of transport services due to incessant rainfall, shortage of food grains has worsened in all 55 Village Development Committees including the district headquarters of Dailekh.

The rainfall has damaged the Dekendra section of the Dailekh – Surkhet road, hampering the transportation of foodgrains to the district headquarters.

Though the rice stock in food depots ended two and half months ago, the supply has not resumed yet, said district chief of the Nepal Food Corporation Ram Bahadur Bam. The food crisis was worsening, he added.

Rice supply to Dailekh has been stranded in Surkhet due to disruption in transport services and the 3,500 quintals of rice allocated for the district as emergency relief is also stuck halfway.

The sporadic loads of foodgrains brought to the district headquarters on mules were also

high-priced, according to the locals.

According to them, the Mota rice costs Rs 35 a kg and the fine rice costs Rs 50 to Rs 55 a kg in the district headquarters.

Efforts were being made to bring the rice by using mules until the road reopens, said Dailekh Chief District Officer Krishna Shyam Budhathoki.

According to our Achham correspondent, the Nepal Food Corporation said that around 500 quintals of rice has been supplied to Bhaiswole area in the eastern part of the district, which had been reeling under severe food crisis.