Print Edition - 2015-05-27  |  Earthquake Relief

Dolkha locals help their district

- RAJENDRA MANANDHAR, Dolakha

May 26, 2015-

After the Great Quake, roads leading to most villages in Dolakha were blocked. People did not have food, shelter and road access. But people from within the district, and those who hail from the area, have been helping out in any way they can.  

Nimdoma Sherpa, who had made headlines in 2008 for being the youngest Nepali woman to scale Mt Everest, is collecting aid to help her village of Simigaun. A member of the Seven Summit Women Team, she has been depositing the money she has collected in the Prime Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund and has also been taking relief to Simigaun by herself.

Bishnulaxmi Shrestha, who also grew up in Dolakha, arrived at Dolakha Bazaar immediately after learning that earthquake had damaged the entire village. She had some tarpaulins to give out. When others were avoiding travelling to the place, fearing aftershocks, she returned to the district the day following the May 12 quake to help victims. There, she handed over a sum of Rs 101,000 to the District Disaster Relief Committee (DDRC).

“As aid is coming into the district from several channels, it shows how much people from the district want to help their own,” said Chief District Officer Premlal Lamichhane.

Mina Shrestha, another individual volunteer from Dolakha who is the chairperson of Bikashkolagi Shanti  Abhiyan, along with Ramhari Shrestha and Nima Sherpa—also from the organisation—have helped out by providing relief material to 100 families in ward numbers 2, 3 and 4 of Bhimeshwar Municpality in the district.

And although access to the more remote areas has proved to be difficult, people have been finding alternative routes to reach the people in need.

After the quake blocked the two major roads to Dolakha, the Araniko Highway and the Pushpalal Highway, Chairman of the Dolakha Development Forum, Mahendra Bahadur Karki, and his family travelled via the BP Highway to provide tarpaulins and food ration to 300 families in his home village of Melung. Similarly, Chairman of Dolakha Guthi, Madhavmani Rajbhandari—who is still recovering from illness—has been travelling around the district to distribute relief materials as well.

Even the politicians from the district have also been chipping in.

Lawmakers Pashupati Chaulagain, Ananda Prasad Pokhrel and Parbat Gurung, and former lawmakers Devi Khadka and Jip Chhiring Sherpa have been involved in sending relief to the district.

President of the Dolakha chapter of the Federation of Nepali Journalists Uddhav Pokhrel said that help received from different individuals has considerably boosted the morale of the victims and help them cope with the disaster’s aftermath.

The effort of Dolakha’s denizens and the politicians who are contributing in relief and rehabilitation has left its mark in the area.

Published: 27-05-2015 07:23

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