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Only women, children left in entire ward in Dadeldhura

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Dadeldhura, June 10, 2016: Huge outflow of local male youths to India for employment has left only women and children in Parshuram Municipality-12 of Dadeldhura district. There is not a single male person between the age of 11 and 60 in the ward.

“The village does not have any arable lands. And there are no employment opportunities here. Hence, local youths have no option but to go to Indian cities for employment,” said 75-year-old Banmati Damai, a local. “Not a single male youth remain here.”

Over 150 families from Sargaida, Dandajala, Simalkhet, Patareni, and Basgoira of Parshuram Municipality were displaced by floods.

The local youths left for India to earn so that they can support their flood-affected families.

Over 200 male youths of Parshuram-12 are currently working as daily-wage laborers in India. They return home once a year for Dashain and Tihar festivals.

According to Chandra Dangi, a local school teacher, floods at the Mahakali River have swept away arable lands of ward 12 and 13 of the municipality. “At least three to four members from each household go to India to work as migrant laborer. Such situation wouldn’t have arisen had there been employment opportunities in the village,” Dangi said.

Another local elderly, Harka Dhami, said that they have to call youths from nearby villages to perform final rites when someone dies. “Ward 12 of the municipality is full of children. If youths don’t go to work abroad, their family will have no other means to survive,” he said.

Likewise, another local, Sundari Singh, said that women have been increasingly participating in developmental activities in lack of male counterparts.

Over a dozen rivers and hundreds of rivulets flow through Parshuram Municipality. “The municipality is located in a weak topography and is highly vulnerable to floods,” said Lal Bahadur Yogi, executive officer of the municipality. “The rampant deforestation has made the topography even weaker and more vulnerable to floods.”

By Barun Paneru