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Bajura's Muktikot village suffers food shortage


Nepalnews
2021 Jun 27, 17:04, Martadi
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Bajura's Muktikot village of Swamikartik Khapar Rural Municipality-1 has suffered a food shortage. The prolonged drought and COVID-19 crisis led to the emergence of a food crisis in the village.

Local Bal Bahadur BK said the village is home to around 400 Dalit families and they are struggling to meet their daily food requirements.

They are out of work due to the COVID-19 crisis.  “We have neither job nor food,” he said. India is the labour destination for a majority of youths in the village. But with the outbreak of the second wave of the pandemic, they returned homes and are staying idle. The local production is sufficient to the requirement just for a month. They rely on the market almost throughout the year, according to locals.

Muktikot is gripped by the food crisis and malnutrition is the common health issue among children here, according to Swamikartik Rural Municipality information officer Kuber Shahi. Children, pregnant and aged people are the most affected. Malnutrition is one of the reasons for the child mortality rate in the village.

The village has not got any support from the federal and provincial governments yet. The Poor House Hold Identity Board’s-2072 report states that 75 per cent of households in Swamikartik fall below the poverty line. Out of 2,185 households, 1,038 are living with absolute poverty, the report shows. 

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