Landslide displaced victims face shortage of food supply

File photo of a landslide which occured in Jajarkot on 10th July, 2020

More than 500 people displaced by landslides in Barekot Rural Municipality, Jajarkot are facing a shortage of food supply – a report reads. The situation has been attributed to the failure of a contracting service company to maintain supply of stock at the food depot.

Chief District Officer, Janak Raj Panta, said the contractor has not heeded to the district administration’s frequent requests to transport the food grain supply to Ghat depot.

The landslide-displaced people have complained that no body has brought food relief to them except the 2,300 kilogrammes food grain airlifted to the disaster-hit site at the initiation of Minister for Forests and Environment, Shakti Bahadur Basnet. The relief lasted the displaced families for three days.

Locals are also unable to grind their own grains as floods have swept away their mills. When they approach the food depot, they are turned away as the depot has run out of stock. Moreover, they are also facing problems availing drinking water, which could pose serious health hazards within the displaced community.

Meanwhile, the victims are also suffering owing to lack of proper shelter – a majority of the displaced families have been taking shelter under tarpaulin sheets, however continous rain has rendered the medium ineffective. An additional 90 tarpaulin sheets is expected to reach Barekot, Jajarkot today.

10 lives were lost after a landslide occurred in Barekot Rural Municipality of Jajarkot District on Friday evening.