Short-supply of relief a bane for victims

- AASH GURUNG, Lamjung

Jun 16, 2015-

Devimaya of Ghalegaun at Dhodeni 4 in the district reached Hile Bazaar in Bansar at 7 in the morning to get a tarpaulin distributed by a relief agency. After waiting for almost 12 hours she finally received one in the evening.

Buddhamaya Gurung, originally from Duwar but residing near Hile Bazaar, did not receive any tarpaulin although relief agencies had distributed them nearby her place.

Bajari BK, also of Duwar, however, managed to get hold of one tarpaulin after going through much trouble.

“A brawl ensued during distribution of tarpaulin and other relief materials as people were literally involved in a tug-of-war over them.

Some received the tarps while others went empty-handed,” local coordinator for tarpaulin distribution Tikaram Ghale said.

He further said that some difficulties arose while distributing relief materials in the area. “Those who did not get anything complained and scolded us for failing to ensure smooth distribution of relief materials,” Ghale said, adding that even as the District Disaster Relief Committee has claimed that all the people in the quake-hit villages of the district have been provided with relief materials, “victims at many places have received next to nothing.” “I waited for eight hours to get hold of one tarpaulin,” Devimaya said.

“Now I shall construct a temporary shack.” She said that military personnel advised her against staying in her house after inspection. “I did get beaten rice, instant noodles, potato, onion and a small tarpaulin sheet as relief,” she said.

“But how shall a tarpaulin which is not even suitable to dry seeds help me get through the monsoon.” She is still unsure if the one she got now will be able to withstand the rains during the monsoon season.

Buddhamaya of Hile Bazar said that she has purchased a tarpaulin on her own and built a temporary shelter near her kitchen. “The black plastic sheet provided by the government leaks during rainfall,” she said. “Children sleep in chicken coops while the adults sleep in shacks.”

“This tarpaulin is good enough to build a proper shelter,” 77-year-old Bishuraj Gurung, who walks with the support of a stick, said while receiving his share of tarpaulin. “I do not have the money to buy zinc sheets,” he added.

Jas Bahadur Gurung, who walked for three and a half hours from Taksar in Hile Taksar 1, also expressed happiness on receiving a tarpaulin. Tamu Samaj UK had distributed tarpaulins to earthquake victims in the area on Sunday.

“We started collecting funds for relief a day after the Great Earthquake of April 25,” vice president of Tamu Samaj UK Shiva Chandra Gurung said, adding that his organisation has provided tarpaulins to victims of Bansar and neighbouring VDCs, rice and pulses in Saurpani of Gorkha district and financial assistance to earthquake victims in Landruk of Kaski.

Help from UAE for families of quake deceased

Lamjung Samparka Samiti UAE has provided financial assistance to families who lost one or more members of their family during the Great Earthquake. The organisation provided Rs 40,000 each to five families who lost their loved ones to the earthquake that hit the country.

Rs 1m from Hong Kong

People from the district who have been residing in Hong Kong have provided Rs 1,005,000 to earthquake victims in the district.

Advisor of Lamjung Sewa Samiti Hong Kong, Yam Bahadur Gurung, handed over the amount to CDO Shrawan Kumar Timilsina to be deposited in the earthquake relief fund created by the District Disaster Relief Committee.

Lawmaker Jitendraman Ghale, a patron of Lamjung Sewa Samiti (Hong Kong Samparka Samiti), said the organisation has created a fund of Rs 2 million to be used for improvement of education and healthcare facilities in the district.


Published: 17-06-2015 08:13

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