Five elderly who survived April, May quakes die due to cold in Dolakha

DOLAKHA: Five elderly, who survived devastating tremors on April 25 and May 12, lost their life due to cold in Dolakha of eastern Nepal in the past one week.

Most of the victims were rendered homeless and were forced to live in temporary shelters after the earthquake. Epicentre of the May 12 aftershock was in Dolakha district itself.

The deceased are Dhanraj Tamang (95) of Dandakharka-8, Lal Bahadur Tamang (86) of Jhule-4, Januka Karki (83) of Jhule-4, Lal Bahadur Tamang (68) of Gairimudi, and Bhadra Kumari Pokharel (79) of Japhe.

Those affected by the earthquake had not received any assistance from the government even almost eight months after the disaster.

Living in tents, where cold wind and due easily got into, has made the earthquake survivors more susceptible to increasing cold, according to health workers. Some of them have already taken ill.

Madhav Prasad Lamsal, District Public Health Office Chief, said that people particularly children and elderly are at risk of cold.

Although the government had announced to provide Rs 10,000 to those affected by the earthquake as immediate relief, many of them in the district complained that they are yet to get the government succour.

According to the District Development Committee, it had asked Home Ministry to release Rs 850 million for the earthquake victims in the district but only Rs 500 million has been released so far.