More than 9,000 lives in Nepal have been lost, and reports indicate there are several million people without homes, or who are frightened to stay in damaged houses. Shelter, water and food are scarce, and significant religious monuments have been reduced to rubble. The Nepali government is struggling with minimal resources and infrastructure, and foreign aid is also struggling to get its assistance to those in need.
Project Villages Damaged
The Village Development Project has completed sanitation works in 3 villages since 2007 – Bhattedanda, Arubot and Dandagaun.
In Bhattedanda village nearly 100 homes have been destroyed or badly damaged. There are 15 toilets with some damage, however the rest have survived intact. According to Prem from Bhattedanda village, the villagers
“put their things in toilet and they make locked and they sleep in plastic camp“.
We are still gathering information about the number of homes destroyed or damaged in Arubot and Dandagaun villages. Many homes appear to be intact however closer inspection reveals cracks and damage that render the dwelling unsafe, and which, in most cases, will require replacement.
Bishnu Shrestha the program manager has compiled some photo reports which show some of the extent of the damage – report 1 and report 2. Further updates can be seen in the News.
Friends and others
One friend has lost his house and all possessions. The family has no food and is living in a tent with no indication of any help arriving soon. His words echo the frustrations and helplessness felt by many:
“we have no idea what to do and how long we’ll stay like this“.
Another friend lost his father in law, with his mother taken to hospital. However he himself continues to work in his clinic, providing free dental care to earthquake victims.
Relief visit May 2015
TT and Healthabitat had been planning to work on the next stage of the new project in Bahunepati village during their visit to Nepal in May 2015. However the focus of the trip turned to damage assessment and recovery in the damaged villages.
Fortunately no lives were lost in the project villages. TT and HH worked with the villagers to distribute “tin sheets” for temporary house shelters, and kitchen/cooking areas. Household kits were also distributed – bucket, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, cooking items, bedlinen and mosquito nets. Each household in Bhattedanda village received a small metal stove, so that cooking could be contained and safe.
In total the relief program supplied 90 kitchen shelters, 60 temporary house shelters, 180 household packs and 90 stoves. At the new project site of Shree Jalapadevi school in Bahunepati, the program provided funds to build 4 “temporary” classrooms while the school recovered from quake damage.
Next steps – September 2015
Rebuilding the economy will be vital, and employment in the projects provides income as well as skills to the project workers. HH has been working with partners to design methods of strengthening houses to withstand earthquakes.
The villagers hope to start rebuilding some time in October, November and onwards.