Munna Dass is a farmer who returned home on Sunday evening and found the rice stocked had been blown away along with a major portion of the house.
“Only four days ago I bought rice at Rs. 17 a kg. But the same rice is being sold at Rs. 28-30 a kg now,” Dass said.
Dass’s wife said: “We thought we would purchase rice and potatoes. But the price of potatoes has shot up from Rs. 12 a kg to Rs. 25.”
District collector Krishan Kumar concurs that prices have increased suddenly.
“The government had told truck-owners of Odisha as well as some operators of West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh to send some rice and daal. But as panic had spread well in advance about the impending cyclone, truckers were reluctant to come here,” Kumar said.