POKHARA: After Indra Limbu, an orphan, of Sardikhola who lost his parents in the sudden flash flood in Seti River got shelter in the SOS International, there are of late five more who joined in the list of orphans. However, they are not as blessed as Indra.
Susan Rai (8), Bina Gurung (12), Kushal Gurung (13) of Sardikhola, Amrit Pun (20) and Chahana Pun (13) of Lekhnath municipality, Tallogagangainda are now in search of some reliable shelter as they lost everything belonging to them.
Like Indra, Susan had also lost his father earlier and now his mother Kalpana and grandmother Surya Kumari were swept away by the flash flood.
Similarly Bina and Kushal are siblings who have lost both their parents in the flash flood. They study in the local Machhapuchre Secondary School. Both have been taking shelter in their relatives’ and neighbours’ houses, informed Red Cross, Kaski’s secretary Ram Prasad Gyawali.
Secretary Gyawali said that they were discussing with the District Child Welfare Committee about their rehabilitation. “We are exploring the possibility in some child homes or SOS for their possible rehabilitation,” he said, adding, “We would reach to the conclusion only after representatives of the Child Welfare Committee forward their decision.”
Meanwhile according to Bhurungkhola-based Machhapuchre Secondary School, 18 students – 13 were from primary level and five from secondary level – were found absent since flash floods ravaged the area. Red Cross volunteers suspect that all 18 might have been killed by floods.
In the same way, Chahana also lost her father, mother and brother in the floods. A seventh grader student of the Gogan Higher Secondary School, she has a bleak future unless some immediate help is offered.
One more body recovered
Pokhara: Five days after the sudden flash flood, one decayed dead body beyond recognition was recovered from the Seti Power House today, thanks to the efforts of the Nepal Police and Nepali Army.
The dead body has been kept at the Western Regional Hospital, Pokhara. According to sources, 27 dead bodies were recovered so far while 43 are still missing from Saturdays’ flash flood in Seti River.
Meanwhile, the identity of 46-year-old Indra Bahadur Gurung was ascertained today. However, identities of seven others whose dead bodies have been recovered have not been established yet.
In the meantime, the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Pokhara chapter has pledged to construct the infrastructure devastated by flashflood. In an emergency meeting, FNCCI has decided to provide adequate relief to the victim’s families.
Pokhara-based Boomerang Restaurant today provided Rs 77,580 relief to the kin of those killed in the flash flood.