Delay in compensation makes Baitadi farmers worry

People wade past a flooded area in Dipayal Silgadhi, on Thursday, October 21, 2021. Floods and landslides triggered by days of torrential rains have killed at least 99 people in Nepal since Monday. Likewise, the incessant rain that occurred from October 17 has damaged more than 3,000 metric tonnes of paddy crop in Gandaki Province. Photo: AP via RSS

BITADI: Delay in compensation distribution has further worried farmers whose crops were damaged in the disaster in Baitadi district.

The unseasonal torrential rain from October 17 to 20 this year incurred a huge loss of lives and properties in Baitadi district. Four people died and properties worth millions of rupees were damaged.

Since the details of the damages have not been collected yet, the compensation distribution process could not be taken forward.

Among the 10 local levels in the district, details were collected from six local levels only. Details were yet to be collected from Dilashaini and Pancheshwor rural municipalities,  and, Melauli and Purchaudi municipalities.

It has been a month since Baitadi’s Chief District Officer (CDO) Rajendra Dev Pandey left the district. It has been reported that the District Administration Office is being run by the officiating CDO. The administration team could not reach out to the disaster-hit local levels promptly.

Officiating CDO Khagendra Bharati said, “We have collected details of damages from six local levels. More details are being collected in coordination with the police.”

The details collected so far showed that 30 houses were completely damaged and 45 suffered partial damages. Likewise, three suspension bridges, two schools, 24 irrigation projects and 15 roads were damaged.

The cash crops ready to be harvested were damaged in the rain. The government had already announced to provide compensation to the farmers whose crops were damaged by the unseasonal rain. Peasants here seem to be more worried about the possibility of famine than the delayed compensation for their damaged crops.

Source: RSS


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