Somatirtha Purohit

Pani-puri, also known as puchka, is one of street foods that is loved by the denizens of Asian countries, especially Indians.

However, this mouth-watering pani-puri has been banned in the neighbouring country of India, Nepal, due to increase in cholera cases.

Following an increase in cases in Kathmandu Valley, Lalitpur Metropolitan City (LMC) has put a ban on the street food.

As per reports, last week, the LMC decided to ban the sale of puchka on the streets until further notice.

According to the Ministry of Health and Population, the total number of cholera patients has reached 12 in the Valley.

Out of 12 infected patients, eight were discharged from the hospital after recovery while four are still receiving treatment.

The valley reported the first case of the infectious disease on June 19.

Nepal is endemic to cholera with the potential for outbreaks due to an inadequate supply of safe drinking water and unhygienic conditions. 

Meanwhile, the Ministry has urged people to visit their nearest health facility immediately if they experience any symptoms of cholera.

The Ministry has requested everyone to be alert and vigilant as diarrhoea, cholera and other water-borne diseases as they spread especially during summer and rainy season in the region.