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Relief still eludes worst quake-hit Ree VDC
Jun 5, 2015-
Around 204 quake-affected families from Kichet, a remote settlement in Ree VDC of Dhading district have been staying under temporary shelters build in nearby Langerchet forest area.
Relief and rescue teams cannot reach their village as landslides have obstructed the way to the area. Local Umesh Tamang said only helicopters supply food stuffs and other relief materials to them.
“We have to make repeated phone calls to the district headquarters for food supplies and other relief materials,” said Tamang adding that they are worried that food stuffs won’t be delivered to them during the monsoon season.
Chief of Nepal Army’s Sabuj Battalion, Bijeet Raj Regmi, informed that they were able to construct 14 helipads in the quake affected areas of Ree VDC. He said only helicopters can supply relief materials to the these areas as foot trails have been completely damaged by the quake.
Meanwhile, earthquake victims in Ree VDC have been left in the lurch as they are sleeping under tents and tarpaulins at night. But as they cannot stay under tarpaulins and tents during the day time because of the heat, they go searching for the shades of the trees.
Youths in the village say they want to shift the village to safer, relatively accessible areas and regularly trek to district headquarters to demand for food supplies and fund to shift the entire village.
Also, there’s an acute shortage of drinking water in Langerchet area of the district. District Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) had supplied water through pipelines from nearby sources of water. However, it has not been sufficient for all households.
Similarly, majority of school children in the quake-affected areas are passing their days in the forest as their schools have been completely destroyed by the quake.
As one of the worst quake-hit areas of the district, Ree VDC has been completely destroyed by the quake. The devastating earthquake had taken the lives of 78 people in Ree VDC alone.
“The April 25 quake completely destroyed the foot trail that connected Ree to other VDCs and district headquarters, leading to such a deplorable situation,” said Nepali Congress activist Bhakta Lama. The area has also been affected by several landslides, he added.
“Though the DDMC has declared 50 settlements in northern areas of Ree VDC as a high risk zone, we are not able to provide relief amount and materials there,” CDO Basudev Ghimire admitted.
Published: 06-06-2015 10:24