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Khotang District covers 1,591km in the Sagarmatha Zone of Nepal’s Eastern Development Region. Its elevation ranges from 152 to 3,620 meters above sea level. Khotang District comprises 76 Village Development Committees (VDCs), 13 Ilakas and two electoral constituencies, with its District Headquarters (DHQ) in Diktel. There are three airports in Khotang, at Lamidanda, Thamkharka and Khanidanda. Two roads connect Khotang District Headquarters with the Terai. The national priority project for a Mid-Hills Highway passes through Khotang and work on it is ongoing. The population of Khotang district numbered 206,312 people in 2011, 53% of whom women. Local Peace Committees (LPCs) are formed in 55 of the 76 VDCs in Khotang. There were seven members from Khotang in the Constituent Assembly dissolved on 28 May, 2012, three of them female. In mid-May 2013, the total number of people registered to vote in Khotang reached 92,215. Khotang is one of the districts particularly sensitive to ethnically driven federalist movements. Khotang has a District Police Office, 13 Area Police Offices, and 15 Police Posts, which together are
staffed by 465 personnel, only 1.5% of whom women. The District Police Office has a human rights desk and citizen assistance cell. In 2011/12, 167 cases (59 civil and 108 criminal) were registered at the District Court, and 59% of these were decided. Paralegal Committees (PLCs) have been formed in 50 VDCs of the district and are supported by a District Resource Group to enhance awareness on gender based discrimination and violence. Caste, ethnic and gender discrimination are consistently at the core of the challenges excluded groups face in the district. Approximately 15% of children aged 10-14 in Khotang were working in 2008, and the district is identified as one where children are at risk of becoming porters or miners. While 78% of boys and men aged five and above are literate, only 61% of girls and women can read and write. Khotang is predominantly an agriculture-dependent district; however, its production is not sufficient to feed its population throughout the year. Private enterprise and remittances are other sources of income for some people. Khotang has one District Hospital with 15 beds, two Primary Health Centres, 10 Health Posts and 63 Sub- Health Posts. The most common health problems dealt with in the district are intestinal worms, headaches, acute respiratory infections, pneumonia, gastritis, tonsillitis, ameobic dysentery and uterine prolapse. Khotang is among the districts with a high prevalence of stunting and anaemia in children under five. Over a quarter of women of reproductive age are also anaemic. Over half of Khotang’s land area is arable, but although over half of it can be irrigated, only 27% of potentially irrigable land is irrigated. During the monsoon season landslides triggered by rains cause serious damage in 12 landslide prone VDCs and displace on average 10-15 families per
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