Nepal | July 20, 2019

Victims’ plight worsens as harvest begins

Himalayan News Service

People displaced from their homes which were ravaged by the massive rainstorm in Bara and adjoining Parsa districts, on Monday, April 1, 2019. Photo: Ram Sarraf/THT

Bara, April 12

Sonamati Devi Ram of Bharawaliya in Kalaiya Sub-metropolis, Bara, has some food supplies she got in relief and some house-hold goods she salvaged from her damaged house, but she has been compelled to live in the open ever since the devastating tornado flattened her house. She looks more worried as she does not know how she will protect whatever she is left with after the storm.

“I can save whatever things I have now if the government can manage a better place to live in for us, perhaps just a temporary shelter made of zinc sheet,” she said.

As the harvest season has begun, many storm victims, who have been rendered homeless are worried about storing their harvest.

“Crops like wheat and corn have ripened and are to be gathered soon, but since we are living in tents, I don’t know what we are going to do with the crops this time,” said storm victim Lalit Mukhiya of Pheta Rural Municipality-1. He wondered if the authorities would provide them with containers to store their harvest.

“Food items such as potatoes and onions are being dumped at some corner inside the tent. Foodstuff we have is rotting fast thanks to the damp tent floor, while the foul smell emanating from them bothers us,” said Yadav of Hardiya, Subarna Rural Municipality-4.

Small Farmers’ Agriculture Cooperatives Association Limited Bara Chair Mishrilal Sahani said they were planning to provide some containers to a few farmers to store their crops.

 


A version of this article appears in print on April 13, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.


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