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13 youths en route to the US illegally stranded in Nigeria

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MYAGDI — Thirteen youths of Myagdi who had decided to follow middlepersons after paying a huge amount with a hope of entering the United States of America illegally have been reportedly stranded in Nigeria.

As per the information given by youths of Arman of Mangala Rural Municipality-5, 23 Nepalis including 13 from Myagdi have been reportedly held captive at a hotel based in Lagos in Nigeria. They had reached the (west) African country some 22 months ago via India and Thailand as per the plans of their agents.

One of the alleged victims from Nigeria said on the condition of anonymity that Nepali middlemen are also involved in their captivity.

The incident came to light after one of the youths succeeded in making contact with his family. They have reportedly paid around Rs 3.5 million each to agents who promised to take them to the US.

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The police have arrested a Nepali agent. Efforts were underway to get additional information about the matter, said a person from Myagdi living in the USA quoting the family. The route which Nepalis take for an entry into the USA is risky, he said.

Nepali middlepersons are stationed in various countries like Nepal, India and Thailand whom the Nepalis heading to the USA have to pay for covering a fixed distance.

After reaching Mexico passing through various 12 countries like India, Brazil, Ethiopia, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, dense forests and seas, agents demand money charged for covering the way as a last setting.

Of late, Countries like Bolivia, Panama and Mexico have become an attraction for foreign employment where agents send Nepalis to work in hotels.

The youths in captivity have demanded money from their families. The number of people paying at least Rs 5 million for a job in the USA is higher.

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Drinking water shortage hits life at Yasok in Panchthar

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PACHTHAR — A shortage of drinking water at Yasok Bazar, the center of Kummayak Rural Municipality, has thrown the normal life of the locals out of gear.

The problem arose after the local market management committee removed water pipes installed in the bazaar area. Per household here was getting 50 liters of drinking water once in two days before this.

Water scarcity here is not a new occurrence at Yasok which normally remains dry, but the complete disruption in the supply of taps water has paralysed the life, according to local hotelier Keshab Thapa.

There is no natural or artificial water source nearby the area and locals are forced to dependent on the supply by the local government through tractors in a very limited quantity.

The rural municipality has started fetching water from the local Chhorunga stream and distributing it to the locals. Tractors are used to transport stream water to the area.

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Earlier, the 650 households at Yasok were using drinking water supplied by the Yasok Deurali Drinking Water Project. Regular supply (once in two days) was too less to meet demand. There is a demand for some 250,000 liters of water at Yasok per day.

According to Yasok Market Management Consumers Committee secretary Mahendra Bahadur Khadka, water pipes were removed (without any alternative arrangements) in course of market management efforts and it will take some more days to restore them and water scarcity is to go for more few days

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