Victims shiver as parties bicker

  • Quake-hit awaiting relief
- RAJENDRA MANANDHAR, DOLAKHA

Dec 16, 2015-

After bone-chilling cold started to grip Chankhu, where temporary shelters have been set up for quake victims, they have now started to move towards Singati bazaar in Dolakha district.

The migration of quake victims from highlands, where temperatures drop to near freezing, in a desperate measure to avoid biting cold is a clear manifestation of government’s apathy towards them. 

“I have migrated to Singati with my family members to avoid cold,” said Temba Sherpa of Chankhu.

Even after eight months since the April earthquake, the victims have been living in temporary shelters, with minimum support extended to them by the government, which only on Tuesday tabled the Reconstruction Authority Bill.

In the absence of the Reconstruction Authority, which has been in limbo, not 

a single penny from more than $4.5 billion pledged by the donors has been spent so far. Chankhu lies at an altitude of more than 2,500 metres from the sea level. With no materialistic or any other support from the government to shake off the cold, the victims here are left with no option than to move to south in Singati, at an altitude of 1,100 metres, in hopes that weather would be warmer there by some degrees. Quake victims of about one and a half dozen VDCs have moved to Singati. 

“Bone-chilling winds lash the area and dew seeps through the blankets in the night,” said Temba. “We get panicky when the night sets in.”

Published: 16-12-2015 08:39

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