Landslip threatens to wipe out village

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

May 19, 2015-

People of Khare VDC in Dolakha are desperately awaiting evacuation after the 7.3 magnitude aftershock of May 12 levelled the village to the ground.

Furthermore, the already devastated village is now at risk of being swept away by landslide.

According to Gaurav Shrestha, a local, majority of the houses in the village are not standing at the moment, and few of them which are still upright, are on the brink of collapse.

“There is nothing to eat and no place to sleep in the village,” Shrestha said.

There were about 70 households in Khare, which is situated at a distance of five hours walk from Singati. More than 100 people in the village have been displaced from their homes following the April 25 Great quake.

The May 12 shake did not claim any lives, but left three people injured. They have already been airlifted to Kathmandu. The people in the village are literally

scavenging for food by digging beneath the rubble of what used to be their houses.

Devendra Kumar Shrestha, who operates a vehicle workshop in the capital, chartered a helicopter to evacuate his parents from the village.

He took along 40 tarpaulins, seven sacks of rice and one sack of salt in the chopper, but he says that is just peanuts compared to the need of the people there.

“There is not a single grain of rice in the entire village,” he said.

According to Devendra, Khare is located on the slope of a hill, which makes it prone to landslips. But what can you expect in a village which does not even have access to road and electricity to begin with.

Lawyer Badri Paudel said he corresponded with the CDO of Dolakha through the Home Ministry for immediate evacuation of stranded villagers, but to no avail.

“We are told choppers will only fly to the village if there are injured or dead people,” he said. “But the biggest threat at the moment is that the quake ravaged village could be wiped out by landslide triggered by another tremor any day.”

 

Published: 20-05-2015 07:52

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