HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The evicted squatters of the Bagmati banks in Thapathali have been hit hard by recurrent pre-monsoon showers.
The squatters, whose houses were bulldozed by the government on May 8, have been forced to endure the torrential rains as the government is yet to provide them with alternative residence.
Chairman of the Landless Squatters’ Struggle Committee Padam Devkota said they had no alternatives but to spend the night under the open sky. The squatters, who have been living in tents after their huts were demolished, are facing problems with lodging and fooding, he added.
Police have given them notice to remove the tents from the demolished site.
According to Lalita Chaudhary, who has been living in the squatter’s slum, the situation is getting worse every day. “The rain has further exacerbated our problems,” she said.
Dr Pristina Gurung, who has been providing free health services in the slum, said the school going children are facing health problems as they were forced to spend the night in the open.
The health of pregnant women in the slum has deteriorated due to the lack of proper food and clean environment, Dr Gurung said.
Devkota blamed the government for being apathetic towards the landless people.
“Prime minister himself had assured us to solve our problems within two or three days. However, we haven’t received any help”, said he.
The squatters plan to submit memoranda to the top leaders of all the political parties, Devkota said.