Rise in prices of food, transport fares

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Taking undue advantage of the crisis, transport entrepreneurs have been found charging up to Rs 1,000 for the 90km journey to the Capital from Dhading. The transport fare for the route used to be Rs 175 during normal times. Public vehicles are nowhere to been seen at the district headquarters as majority of them have been travelling to other districts on reserve.

With the main markets shut, a rise in prices of essential food items has been witnessed with some businessmen engaging in black marketing. Some reports say that tents worth Rs 300-700 are being sold at Rs 1,500-2,500, while telecommunications services have been cut off in the absence of electricity, severely hampering rescue efforts.