Life gradually returns to normal in Lamjung.

- AASH GURUNG, Dudhpokhari

May 18, 2015-

Life slowly returns to normal in Lamjung district despite heavy losses of lives and property due to the earthquakes.

Prithvi Bahadur Gurung of Dudhpokhari-5, for an instance, has started work in his farm although the quake has completely ravaged his house. “The relief provided by the government is not sufficient to survive forever,” he said.

Taumaya Gurung from the same place was also seen busy sowing paddy seed. She said her house, which had become weaker after the April 25 quake, was completely damaged by the May 12 temblor. “We are working just to survive instead of awaiting the government’s relief,” she said. “However, we are not in a position to build houses on our own.”

Nanda Lal Gurung of Dudhpokhari-9 said they were targeting to plant paddy in the upcoming rainy season. “We ask the government for shelter, but we manage the food on our own,” he said.

Besides planting paddy and buckwheat, the farmers are also busy in corn harvesting.

The district, despite being closer to Gorkha’s Barpak, the epicentre of the April 25 Great Earthquake, did not see much human casualties as most of villagers were busy in their fields when the quake struck.

Nawaraj Marahattha of Bichaur-4, who was seen busy weeding corn field, said he was devoted to his work. “As my house ahs been destroyed, I am taking shelter under a tent. However, we will have hard time during the monsoon if the situation remains the same,” said Marahattha, urging the government to address their problems on time. Muktiram Pariyar, secretary at Dudhpokhari VDC, said almost all 509 houses in Dudhpokhari and 573 in Bichaur have been damaged. He said almost all the victims, however, have resumed their work in their farms.

Published: 19-05-2015 08:04

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