DHANGADI, May 12: Dan Bahadur Khadka of Sanagaun-4, Doti arrived in Dhangadi from Mumbai, India seven days ago after hearing of his mother´s illness.
But while he was still trying to find a way to somehow reach Doti, his mother´s health deteriorated and he heard the news of her demise at the Dhangadi bus park on Saturday.
“I had hoped to reach home and probably get her treated or at least meet her for the last time,” Khadka said. But Khadka still does not know whether he will reach Doti to perform his mother´s funeral rites.
Similarly, Dambar Bhandari of Dipayal Silgadhi-2 Bagthata arrived in Dhangadi eight days ago along with his parents and a kid after getting his mother treated in Hyderabad, India. Now that he has run out of money, he now plans to return to India by borrowing money. “I spent all the money to stay in a hotel and we are still no sure when the banda will end. I think I will return to India now,” Bhandari said.
Many workers, who had arrived in Nepal to meet their families, have returned to India after spending much of their money to stay in hotels during their stay in Dhangadi.
Many passengers, who have been stranded for the past two weeks, have been forced to spend nights under the open sky on empty stomach due to lack of money.
With the far-west banda continuing for the 16th day on Saturday, the region is reeling under shortage of food, salt and oil while hospitals face scarcity of life-saving medicines.