Anantnag: Grocers selling flood-damaged stock

SHABIR AHMAD

ANANTNAG: For the flood ravaged people of south Kashmir, another man-made disaster is in the offing as many big dealers of tea, spices and other food items have reportedly started drying up, repacking and selling their stock which was destroyed by the floodwaters.
If reports coming from many areas of Anantnag and other townships of the region are to be believed, many dealers are resorting to this mischief.
“Besides the local manufacturers of spices, we have seen many big dealers of tea and other food items drying up their destroyed stock for selling it in the market again. We even brought the matter into the notice of various top officials of the district administration, but they did not bother to look into this serious issue,” a group of people told Kashmir Reader.
“The mischief of these dealers is going to tell badly upon the health of the people. The authorities should ensure that all the stock of eatables destroyed in flood is disposed off. If they fail to do the same it will be another disaster for the people who are yet to recover from the shock of the nature’s fury,” the people said.
Many health experts, who have already issued an advisory not to consume the eatables which remained under floodwater, say the consumption of such eatables may lead to various fatal diseases.
“Taking any food item which was touched by the floodwaters is like consuming poison. Its consumption can lead to cholera, hepatitis and many other fatal diseases,” said a health expert, Dr Zahid.
Additional Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag, M Y Bhat, assured that he will personally look into the matter.
“It is a serious issue if it is really happening. Only tomorrow I will see how to deal with these people,” Bhat told Kashmir Reader.

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