The authority concerned has paid no heed to the need to manage dead animals in the bazaar areas of Lahan in Siraha.

Failure to manage dead animals has caused foul odour in the locality. The animals had died after vehicles hit them on the roads. Locals have no idea who is responsible for managing dead animals.

The stench has affected people walking along the road and travelling in vehicles. Locals argue that the local levels have to be responsible for management of animals' bodies, adding, "But they have not paid attention to this." Locals said they were compelled to tolerate the foul odour for many weeks after the authority concerned paid no heed to managing the animals' bodies.

Jagat Narayan Chaudhary, a local of Lahan, said the municipality did not manage dead dogs, jackals, cats, among other small animals, that were killed on the road.

He said the bad smell had affected people's lives, but the concerned authority turned a deaf ear despite frequent pleas to ameliorate the situation.

"We have requested the authority time and again to manage animals' bodies, but the municipality has paid no heed," he said.

Dr Sachin Kumar Chaudhary of Model Health Care Polyclinic said the stench emanating from the dead animals had affected people's health.

He said locals would suffer from many diseases due to the foul odour from decomposing bodies.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 2, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.