Victims scramble to find food, essentials

- PRAKASH ADHIKARI, Nuwakot

Apr 30, 2015-

Even though fortunate enough to receive timely treatment, quake victims discharged from hospitals and health posts in the district have been burdened by additional trouble of managing food and accommodations all by themselves while being deprived of essential services like transport.

The lacklustre response and failure to coordinate relief and rescue operations by the government is to blame for the predicament, they say.  

Pasang Sherpa, 55, from Ghyanphedi-1,who was airlifted to Trishuli Hospital and discharged after being treated for his injuries, expressed his dilemma stating that he had no idea as to where he should go or how he should provide for himself and his family members.

 Although Sherpa’s family of four including his wife and two others were fortunate enough to survive the calamity, Sherpa complained that they had not received any kind of relief from the government or any other organisations as of Thursday.

While the government had on Thursday sent tents to some 500,000 locals displaced from 38 VDCs in the district, the relief package, surprisingly, did not comprise of food and other essential items meant for their survival.

Reports coming in say that these people displaced by the quake are without proper food or shelter, and have been hanging on to the hope of getting relief materials, but the concerned authorities have drastically failed in their job to ensure that.

District health officials claim that approximately 1,300 earthquake victims have already received treatment over the past four days while two rescue helicopters continue bringing in victims on Thursday. The victims, however, have been spending their days in the camps on empty stomach. They have even been deprived of basic necessities such as food, drinking water and medicines. The predicament of victims has been further worsened due to the road blockades by landslips in various parts of the district, making it difficult to ferry in relief materials. And as local retailers have started running out of stock, shops in local markets which are running out of food items including biscuits, beaten rice, and noodles, are on the verge of closure, said local Dinesh Bhatta of Kahule VDC.   Meanwhile, rescue workers have not been able to reach the quake-affected VDCs including, Bhalche, Phikuri, Salme, Kimtang, Ghyangphedi, Gaunkharka, Betani. While more than 600 houses in each VDCs have turned into debris, relief materials allocated for the mare far from sufficient in comparison to the destruction.

Published: 01-05-2015 09:15

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