Kathmandu, April 29: At a time when Nepal is grappling with a massive destruction caused by the deadly earthquake on Saturday, April 2, the locals are supposed to help survivors, but unfortunately, victims are forced to buy needful things at sky-rocketing prices.
During incidents like natural disasters, it is a fact that food crisis looms large over victims, as the supply takes a hit.
Taking advantage of the helpless and hopeless situation, many local shopkeepers, retailers and wholesalers are selling things at more than double of the actual prices of the products. [Nepal earthquake: Survivor rescued after 80 hours]
Even taxi drivers, auto rickshaw drivers and small hotels are charging staggering prices.
Here is a list of some of the things that are being sold at unreasonably high prices:
Products MRP Hiked price
Water bottle Rs 20 Rs 320
Nestle powdered milk Rs 212 Rs 400
Tea Rs 5 Rs 30
Momos Rs 30 Over Rs 100
Vegetable prices have gone upto as high as over 50 per cent and meat prices have also gone up. [We must do whatever possible for Nepal victims, says Amitabh Bachchan]
Taxi ride that normally costs Rs 800 from Nepal's Tribhuvan airport to Thamel, is being charged at whopping Rs 5,000.
One of the victims of the nature's fury told media persons they returned empty-handed from shops, as they could not afford to pay more than MRP.
The death toll has crossed 5,000 since a massive earthquake of 7.9 magnitude rattled Nepal.