Earthquake survivors deprived of proper shelter, medical care

- ANISH TIWARI, SINDHUPALCHOK

Jan 17, 2016-

As the country observed National Earthquake Safety Day on Saturday, quake survivors in the district were complaining that government authorities were apathetic towards addressing their concerns.

Thousands of quake-displaced families have been living in poorly-built huts for the past nine months. The cold weather, meanwhile, has added to their woes.

Shailunge Khatri, a quake survivor in Phulpingkatti-4, said his family is hit hard by the cold as tarpaulins in his shelter have started tearing up and dew drops seep through blankets at night. He said he does not even have warm clothes despite the 

fact that he is suffering from asthma.

Around 35 quake-affected households in Phulpingkatti as well as hundreds of others in Naranthan, Luksingh, Jhirpu, Panthali and Selangkatti are facing similar troubles.

Namaya Karki of Phulpingkatti said they were compelled to build huts using tarpaulin as the relief amount provided by the government was not sufficient to buy 

galvanised zinc sheets. 

“We feel as if the wind may blow us away anytime,” said Karki. Quake-hit people in northern VDCs bordering China have also been left in lurch due to increasing cold. Earthquake survivors in Phulpingkatti, Tatopani, Listi, Marmin and Gati said many locals in the areas are suffering from cold-related diseases. Lakpa Sherpa of Tatopani-1 said that people in the area lost their property as well as business to the 

earthquake. “We have no any source of income now,” 

he said.

Meanwhile, many senior citizens, children and women in Chagam, Ghipche and Kanglang have also fallen ill due to cold. Eighty-five-year-old Aaitimaya Tamang of Listi-5 said she is deprived of treatment due to shortage of medicines at local health post. She said people in the area have to go to Barhabise for medical care.

Published: 17-01-2016 09:12

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