18 May 2015 10:15 PM AEST: The food provided by World Food Programme (WFP) is in hot soup due to its inedible and poor quality, a local newspaper published from Kathmandu reported today.
Earthquake victims in Nuwakot district have complained that the rice supplied by the WFP as part of its relief materials is ‘black’ and spoiled, Nayapatrika said.
The rice was distributed through Nepal Red Cross Society. The WFP has distributed 1,478 quintals of rice to earthquake victims in 30 Village Development Committees of the district.
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The rice was apparently the subject of a hot debate at a Sunday meeting of the District Disaster Relief Committee. Members of various political parties expressed their anger at the distribution of the substandard rice among the victims, the vernacular national daily stated.
Krishna Pudasaini, an officer with the district election office, confirmed that the rice was indeed black in colour and clumpy. “Rice looks black and clumpy, it is hard to tell whether or not it is edible,” he said during the meeting.
But there were few who said the food was okay to be used leading to an exchange arguments over the quality of the WFP rice, Nayapatrika claimed