Image of Asia: Collecting firewood before winter in Nepal

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Posted: Nov 16, 2015 8:13 AM
Image of Asia: Collecting firewood before winter in Nepal

In this photo by Niranjan Shrestha, people in Kathmandu, Nepal, collect wooden logs the government is selling for firewood this winter as the nation copes with a fuel shortage. Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli has asked neighboring India to lift an "undeclared blockade" that has depleted supplies in the past two months. He said the fuel shortage is preventing ambulances and other vehicles from operating and that hospitals are facing drug and other supply shortages. Costs have also risen for food and other essential goods, and domestic flights have been canceled for lack of fuel. Supplies from India, the major provider of fuel and other goods for land-locked Nepal, are being blocked by protests at the border by the Madhesi ethnic group. The protesters oppose Nepal's new constitution, and officials in India, which has close cultural ties with the Madhesis, have raised concerns about the new constitution's treatment of ethnic minorities.