Print Edition - 2015-05-29  |  Earthquake Relief

Refugees support Sindhuli

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

May 28, 2015-

Bhutanese Refugees living in camps at Beldangi and Sanischare in Jhapa, have collected relief materials worth Rs 250,000 and have distributed them among 200 families in Tin Mane Village, Bitijor Bagaincha VDC, in Sindhuli district.

Sancha Hang Subba, secretary of the Beldangi camp, said that the money was collected from every resident in the camp. “This is a time of great crisis and it does not matter if your contribution is small. What matters is your eagerness to help,” he said. “When we started going door-to-door to make contribution requests, some of the elderly women even scolded us, saying that we should have done this earlier. Everybody in the camp was more than happy to chip in,” he added.

Many houses in Tine Mane Village have been damaged by the Great Quake and its many aftershocks. According to Subba, a relief package consisting of 25 kg rice, 2 kg pulses, salt, oil and soap was distributed to each of the 200 households on May 17.

According to Nepal Disaster Risk Reduction Portal, 14 people lost their lives in the Great quake and 18,197 houses were reduced to rubble in the district. Subba said the camps intend to continue with relief work. Some members of the camps are planning to help build temporary shelters in Ramechhap this coming week. “We know how it is to live in huts and we will help in any way we can, so that the affected people can rebuild their lives,” he said. According to the UN, a total of 90,000 Bhutanese refugees have been resettled since the third country resettlement programme in 2008, and around 27,000 refugees still remain in camps.

Published: 29-05-2015 07:45

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