Locals facing post-flood health hazards

Published On: August 12, 2017 08:25 AM NPT By: Yogesh Rawal

TIKAPUR, Aug 11: The locals of Pahalwapur, Kailali are getting sick due to the rotting carcasses and washed up crops and clothing after floods hit the village on August 4. Around eight wards of Ghodaghodi Municipality were affected by the floods in Kandra river.

The locals are suffering from headache and fever while several cases of diarrhea have also been reported. The locals say that the stench coming from the decaying carcasses and other organic material has made it hard for them to live in the village.

Ram Bahadur Bhandari, ward member of Ghodaghodi Municipality-10, said that 265 households of three villages are at the risk of getting sick. "People have started to get sick," said Bhandari.

Mamata Prasad Chaudhary, mayor of the municipality, said, "I paid a visit to the affected areas and it didn't look that bad but it could become worse if we don't do anything." He informed Republica that they are going to organize health camps with the help of the local hospital.

Life has become tough for the flood victims as they have to manage the damages of the flooding as well as look after their sick family members. A local, Umakant Mishra, said, "The floods have washed away all our crops. We hardly have anything to eat. What's more, our family members are sick."

He said that the embankments had been made a few years back but were destroyed by the recent floods.

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