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Covid-19 impact: people’s mobility up in village, market places calm

Bimal Bahadur Bista, DOTI: With the coronavirus menace growing alarmingly, the villages in the hilly districts of Sudurpaschim State have witnessed influx of people while the towns are getting calm of late. Arrival of youths and those returning from foreign jobs has evidently caused increased mobility in the villages.

Meanwhile, the market places seem dismal with few people. The district headquarters Silgadhi, old headquarters Dipayal, Rajpur and Pipalla bazaar are relatively calm after the government decided for a nationwide lockdown owing to coronavirus (COVID-19) threat.

“After the bus and other vehicles stopped, the market area is very calm. Huge number of people arrived here from India yesterday and the day before, which created hustle and bustle. But, it is eerie silent today,” said Sarbajit Deuba, a local from Pipalla of Dipayal.

With the government announcement of lockdown, market places, industries, transport service are all closed. The traders at Pipall, Rajpur and Dipayal have closed their business, while most of the occupants of the market area have left for rural homes. The local administration used a loud speaker yesterday night to urge people not to go outside their homes.

A local from Rajpur Rajendra Bahadur Shah shared that they did not leave homes after the local administration warned of action if the lockdown was violated. However, there is massive presence of security persons in the market area.

Meanwhile, a person from Jorayal rural municipality, ward no 3, Gam Bahadur Khanda informed over telephone that the presence of people in the village is like that of Dashain festival. It is because schools and colleges are closed; and other offices too shut down. The calm villages are full of ‘commotion’, he added, arguing many people working in India returned home in the recent days. “Even those leaving villages for long have returned to their place of origin from cities and Tarai,” he added.

With this, some have doubted adequacy to foods. Prakash Bahadur Kalel from Badikedar rural municipality said the forthcoming festival ‘Bisu’ also drew migrants home. ‘Bisu’ is a big festival celebrated on the day of New Year in the hilly districts of Sudurpachim as Baitadi, Bajhang, Bajura, Achham, Dadeldhura, Darchula and Doti. RSS

Published Date: Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 | 09:21 AM

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