Monsoon rains giving quake-displaced families hard time

DHADING, July 17

Locals, who have been living in makeshift tents after the April 25 earthquake, are facing a hard time in Dhading.

Around 1,000 families of different VDCs in Dhading have been living in makeshift tents for over a month now.

“We had almost everything that a family needs for a decent survival, but ever since the quake destroyed our settlements, we don’t have enough food to eat. Nor do we have proper beds to sleep,” lamented Topman Tamang of Sertung VDC.

Another victim of the VDC Tensingh Ghale bemoaned that life had become tough in the makeshift tents, with monsoon rains giving a hard time. “The rains damage our tents, while the ground gets waterlogged. We are having sleepless nights,” shared Ghale.

Families from as many as 47 settlements in Tipling, Jharlang and Sertung of the district were displaced from their villages after majority of the houses collapsed in the disaster. The remaining houses in the areas face risk of landslide.

The displaced families have been staying on empty land in Damgade, Dhansarbesi and Alchhidanda.

Though the government and other organisations distributed tents and food as relief to the displaced, monsoon rains are giving them a hard time. Children, the elderly and pregnant women have been affected the most.

Victim Sabina Tamang complained about poor sanitation and lack of water in the temporary camps.

Nepal Red Cross Society, Dhading, along with other orgnaisations, has been doing the needful to supply water to the camps.

Ri VDC former chairperson and Nepali Congress Dhading secretary Bhakta Bahadur Lama said more serious problems could emerge in the temporary camps if the displaced people were not given reliable shelters at the earliest.