WFP’s food aid

KATHMANDU: The World Food Programme has started distributing foodstuff to the flood victims in Banke and Bardiya districts. The United Nations agency will be distributing the same in Kailali district next week, a press release stated on Saturday. WFP Nepal Representative Richard Reagan also expressed satisfaction at the way the donor countries made relief material available within two weeks of the WFP call, the release added. — HNS

Indo-Nepal meet

BARDIYA: A meeting between Indian and Nepali officials on Saturday dwelled on floods and security issues in Gulriya of Bardiya. Bardiya chief district officer Shiva Prasad Nepal led the Nepali team, while District Official of Baharaich, Sudhir Kumar Shreevastav, led the Indian team, Bardia district administrative officer Tirtha Bhattarai, said. — HNS

Typhoid epidemic

ILAM: Hundreds of people have been suffering from typhoid in Sulubung in Ilam district for the past week, the District Public Health Office said, adding that it has started distributing medicine in each house in the area. The district health office has dispatched a team of health workers after the local Sub-Health Post could not handle the condition. People in the area have also been suffering from diarrhoea and conjunctivitis, the DPHO said. The number of students attending schools in Uttar Jamuna, Mabu and Maimajhuwa villages has gone down considerably after the spread of the diseases. — RSS

Passengers robbed

NAWALPARASI: Four armed robbers struck four vehicles in the Arunkhola forests of Nawalparasi district on the Mahendra Highway on Friday night and looted property worth Rs 20 lakh, the Dumkibas Area Police Office said. They looted the passengers of two buses, a truck and a microbus heading to Kathmandu from Pyuthan, police said, adding that the robbers also beat up and injured a driver, Rishiram Jamarkattel, and damaged the vehicles. Nine suspects have been rounded up, the Nawalparasi district police office said. — HNS

Flood-hit halt traffic

DHANGADHI: Flood victims in the Durgauli village development committee of Kailali district on Saturday disrupted the Lamki-Tikapur road section, demanding relief materials at the earliest. They also demanded construction of a dam on the Kulriya river as flood in the river damaged crops planted in some 20 bighas of land and displaced over 30 families. Many people have been displaced in the Kailali district due to floods owing to incessant rainfall. — HNS