Print Edition - 2015-05-12  |  Earthquake Relief

Volunteers help residents of Baskharka VDC

- Anup Ojha, Kathmandu

May 11, 2015-

Villagers of Baskharka Village Development Committee (VDC) were excited when a group of volunteers showed up in their village for the first time on the sixteenth day after the Great Earthquake.

A team comprising 12 people, including two doctors and two nurses, reached the remote village of Sindhupalchok, 80 kilometres northeast of the Capital, on Monday noon.

The team provided medical facilities and distributed much-needed drinking water and food to some 300 people of three wards of the VDC. The volunteers were a part of 12We, a loose network of volunteers working in different disaster-affected areas.  

Sindhupalchok is one of the most-affected districts in the country. Though the district shares borders with the Capital, a large part of the districts still remains deprived of relief materials.

“Despite many villagers suffering from disease, hunger and injury, nobody had turned up to help us,” said Navin Tamang, a villager. Scores of villagers, including elderly, women and small children, have suffered from flu, diarrhea, common cold and skin diseases. The locals fear that an epidemic might spread in the village as hundreds of animal carcasses lay buried in the debris.

“Sanitation is the biggest challenge right now, since we lack access to water and sanitary materials. Also, we aren’t getting to eat healthy food. Until now, we have been living on grains salvaged from the ruins,” said Omjen Lama, 45. Members of the volunteer group said that they were able to provide immediate medical relief to scores of villagers and distribute beaten rice, cooking oil, fruit juice and dry food to the victims.

“We are planning to provide more aid to the villagers as they are in need of more help. We are also making assessment of the people affected by the earthquake to understand what they need,” said Sudan Gurung, who works as a coordinator at I2We.

Doctors say that people living in far-flung villages are more at risk of health problems due to lack of immediate medical attention, bad hygiene conditions and inadequate supply of food and drinking water.

“Many people in these places do not even have access to primary health care facilities,” said Doctor Sunil Jaiswal, who works in the pediatric department of the Patan Hospital. “Therefore they are at high risk of falling victims to different diseases,” he added.  

Published: 12-05-2015 09:29

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