Relief for flood-hit being misused

Rajbiraj, September 1:

Though various national and international organisations are pouring in donations and relief materials for the victims of Saptakoshi flood, several victims taking shelter in different parts complained that they were not getting any relief.

Some 21,240 flood victims of 260 families of Sripur, Haripur and Paschim Kusaha VDCs of Sunsari district are taking refuge in Bhardaha, Partoha and Yoginiya areas in Saptari district.

The Saptari district administration has been taking care

of the flood victims as the victims could not go to Sunsari district as the 15 km section of East-West Highway, east of Haripur Village Development Committee, was swept away by the flood.

“Though different organisations including District Natural Disaster Rescue Committee and Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) have been providing relief to the flood victims, the real victims are still deprived of relief,” Kishor Kumar Yadav, chairman of Youth Empowerment Association, said.

Saying that the relief cards were not distributed in an appropriate way, he said, “Fake victims are repeatedly snatching away the relief at the cost of needy victims.”

Minister for Land Reform and Management Matrika Prasad Yadav asked the government to assign an affective monitoring team for the distribution of relief materials. He also suggested the local administration to distribute relief on the basis of voters’ list.

Maoist district in-charge Surya Narayan Yadav said the real victims were yet to get relief cards issued by NRCS, as the local committees assigned for the distribution were misusing them.

“I found a peon of a local cooperative waiting for relief in Bhardaha with relief card issued in the name of Indian national Manoj Gupta,” Yadav added.

Showing the seized card to the journalists, Yadav said some people were misusing relief cards to get relief at the cost of real victims.

CA member Shivram Yadav, who came to Saptari to distribute relief collected by Newa Rajya Samiti, said there were flaws in the relief distribution mechanism.

Food found decayed

ITAHARI: At a time when the flood victims have failed to receive relief materials, as many as 15 sacks of relief materials were found decayed, thanks to the carelessness of the local administration. Fifteen sacks containing rice, potatoes and lentils were found decayed as they were kept uncovered in a godown near the residence of Chief District Officer Durba Bhandari in Inaruwa. — HNS