People leave houses to camp in open fields

- Roshan Sedhai, Kathmandu

May 12, 2015-

Just when the sense of normalcy was returning in Kathmandu Valley after the devastating earthquake of April 25, another strong earthquake on Tuesday afternoon caused the people to leave their houses and take shelter in open spaces. 

Soon after the quake, people were seen building makeshift shelters at places like Tundikhel, Tinkune, Chysal Ground and CA Building. Most families in Kathmandu had returned to their houses after spending a few nights outside after the deadly earthquake that struck the country 18 days ago. 

“We had started to live inside the house thinking the worst was over. Many experts had said that there will not be another major quake, but it came again,” said Rammaya Maharjan of Patan. 

Rammaya said she is even more frightened to return to her house now; she suspects that her houses might have been further weakened by the latest tremor. 

Hundreds of houses in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur have been reduced to rubble in Tuesday’s earthquake. Four people were reported dead as of the night. 

Nepal Police Spokesperson Kamal Singh Bom said less human causality were seen in the Valley as many people were taking extra caution and nearly two millions have already left the Valley. 

“Most people have died in other districts like Dolakha, Sindhupalchok, Ramechhap,” said Bom. 

Most families inside the Valley have so far made arrangements for shelter and food by themselves, but now they, too, could need help from the government and other organisations as they are running out of food stock. 

Unlike in village, a majority of the families inside the Valley keep food stock, but with the shops and markets remaining more or less closed after the first earthquake, they fear of food scarcity.    

“There is already scarcity of vegetables, rice and wheat in the market. The relief distribution of government has failed to reach most places in Kathmandu. More than food, we would be happy if the government provided tents to the people,” said Anil Singh, a resident of Sitapaila.  

There has been intermittent rainfall throughout the country since the beginning of this week.  Moreover, the worst quake-affected districts like Sindhupalchok, Kavre and Dolakha have been hit by landslides as well.

Published: 13-05-2015 16:50

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