Gorkha villagers join hands to build shelters


May 26, 2015-

Earthquake victims at Swara VDC in Gorkha, the epicentre of the April 25 earthquake, have collectively been building temporary shelters after their houses were destroyed in the tremors.

Local Ash Bahadur Gurung said they are collecting making temporary shelters for each affected family.

He said the villagers, including women and children, are working on their own using whatever is available.

“I have build a temporary shelter with some corrugated iron sheets and wood recovered from my destroyed house,” Kaman Gurung, a local resident, said, adding that they started constructing shelters thinking that they are unlikely to get support from the government before the monsoon starts.

Local resident Manamaya Gurung said they are using tarpaulins and bamboo to build shelters for the rains and that they plan to construct new houses in the winter.

Schoolteacher Salina Gurung said the security personnel have helped them resettle after the disaster and that they have already salvaged their belongings from the debris.

Seventy-five-year-old Dhanamaya Gurung said she also built a temporary shelter for her eight-member family. “I have requested my neighbours to help me,” she said.

Another villager said many of the victims are yet to receive government aid as the local roads have been damaged.

Meanwhile, UCPN (Maoist) cadres have constructed temporary classrooms for schools in the village.

Published: 27-05-2015 07:18

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