It’s a long, arduous walk for many to get relief

It’s a long, arduous walk for many to get relief

26f25f97ac984031b2a7ac2c34ad2fbb 56ce2e7e1e95fe3d62e939bc2f2f8565 4333229044478ddfd0d0e5713aba9438On a highway winding towards Kathmandu, there is a mad scramble to get relief material from a vehicle parked on the roadside here. Some have walked for a day to reach the spot and it is a long way back home.

More than a week after the devastating temblor in Nepal, the roads and highways are seeing several vehicles with either relief material or other commodities.

On the highway towards Kathmandu, some 85-km away, stands a group of youngsters, women and kids, surrounding a lorry loaded with relief material for them.

There is a rush to gather relief material that has come from Japan and the Nepal Red Cross.

Picking up polythene packets containing rice, wheat, flour, cooking oil, salt, soap, tooth paste and sanitary napkins, these people are in a hurry to go back home.

Hailing from a hamlet of 840 houses, they say they have walked for a day to come to get relief.

It is already dusk and walking back home would take longer.

Yuvraj Roli, a young man, told IANS that so far there has been no official visit to their village and no government help but for the one that has come from Red Cross and NGO Shapla Neer; Japan and Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN).

Some 500 houses, he said, have collapsed, leaving eight dead in their village.

Teenager Jhalan Gurung said the village is devastated and will take “several years to recover”.

Raj Shrestha, from the Nepal Red Cross, who is assisting in the relief, said that they had that day distributed the material at Daraji Chowk where 150 food packets and medicine worth Nepali Rs.3 lakhs were given away.

Rabindra Singh of the RRN apart from their own material, they had also distributed things sent by a doctor from India’s Varanasi city.

As the villagers begin their trek back home, and the relief distributing team sets move to another village, everyone realises that the journey ahead would be quite challenging, long and arduous.

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