The unseasonal torrential rain from October 17-20 this year caused huge loss of lives and property in Baitadi district. Four people died and property worth millions of rupees was damaged.

Delay in compensation distribution has further worried farmers whose crops were damaged in the disaster. Since the details of the damage have not been collected yet, the compensation distribution process has also not started.

Among the 10 local levels in the district, details were collected from six local levels only. Details were yet to be collected from Dilashaili Rural Municipality, Pancheshwor Rural Municipality, Melauli Municipality and Purchaudi Municipality.

It has been a month since Chief District Officer of Baitadi district Rajendra Dev Pandey left the district.

Administration here 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 damage 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 damage.

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 compensation to the farmers.