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Obstructed roads hit food supply hard

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Vehicles stranded along the Karnali Highway as a landslide obstructs the road, on Friday, June 24, 2016. Photo: RSS

Dhangadi, September 29

Due to extended road obstruction, locals in many of the more remote VDCs of the districts such as Darchula, Bajura and Humla have been facing acute crisis of food after the concerned authorities were not able to deliver various food items.

It has been reported that goods meant for the upcoming Dashain festival, have been stuck in the food corporation depot of Seti Zonal Office, Dhangadi although the vehicles were able to travel as far as Bajhang and Baitadi.

Darchula Chief District Officer Mohan Joshi stated that the government quota of foodstuff could not reach the said food corporation depots due to the roads.

“The local businessmen were not able to store the food items as the monsoon had begun earlier this year,” he said. He also informed that rice could not reach in area due to damaged road after the Bagar-based road section could not be opened.

“We have been coordinating to open the obstructed Khandeshwori road and are working hand-in-hand with District Development Committee,” he said.

The CDO further added that his office has been taking initiative to deliver rice to the concerned depots before Dashain.

A local, at Kolti, Chhaka Bahadur Malla said that the people of upper Bajura and Humla districts might not get rice if the condition of the road remained the same.

A version of this article appears in print on September 30, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.

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