It’s been over ten weeks since the blockade first started, and to be honest, I am not sure if the end is in sight. Hospital’s supplies are running seriously low, propane gas is non existent and many neighbours are combining their resources by cooking for multiple families at one time saving on cooking fuel, and cooking enough food for a 24-hour period.
Firewood has been selling in the market for 50 rps/kg ( 50 cents). Porters carry wood on their backs, walking down from the Shiva Puri national forest. Now, the government is bringing truckloads of trees from the southern forests up to Kathmandu and selling pieces for 15 rps/kg. Their first delivery was yesterday and the headline in the city’s newspaper reads: “Kathmandu residents queue up to buy firewood”.
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