The more and more I hear from the ground, the more frustrated people are. I was reminded by one that most of Kathmandu is OK yet the aid is centred around the city and easily accessible places in the valley, not in the villages that need it most.
I have also heard there is much donated essentials stuck at the airport in Kathmandu, with no idea on when it will be distributed. I know Dr Raju, Dr Jas and Sheela who arrived in Kathmandu from Dhaka on April 30th, with lots and lots of supplies for SIRC, got through the airport with everything they arrived with in a reasonable timeframe. And they started work immediately. Peter & Claire are in constant contact with the doctors, including Dr Prakash who has finally made it back from China and is also back into the thick of surgery at Bir Hospital. Check out SpiNepal blog for those updates. And check here to see the amount of boxes they brought with them!
I heard from an SIRC staff member that his parents had no food or potable water at all until 5 days after the earthquake when his able-bodied wife got on a bus and walked into their village in the Sindhupalchowk area to bring them enough food & water for a few weeks. Sindhupalchowk is only about 115km from Kathmandu but it was particularly badly hit by the earthquake, taking out many of the roads and trails that lead in there. His parents lost their chickens and goats, as well as their home and their lone water buffalo survived. They have been living in the animal shelter since the earthquake.
As at May 1, no aid had yet reached this village. Absolutely shocking. I’m not on the ground so it’s hard for me to try to figure out where the issues lie …. but something clearly has to change. And quickly. The delays may well be on the Government of Nepal if this article is to be believed.
I received the following through a friend, and thought it worthwhile to share with you. You do not need a facebook account to view it. Again, pictures tell the story and how desperate things are in the Gorkha district.
This other facebook posting is from a westerner living in Nepal for many many years. I have never met him but he is a good friend of Shree, whom I have mentioned before. This man is based in a village further east of Dhulikhel and despite many homes being severely damaged, they are doing better than some.
More good work being done by INF.
And more evidence of Nepalese getting stuck in with the clean-up work.
And finally, a selfie from Binay (he is famous for his selfies!) in Durbar Square in Bhaktapur. Yes there is also one in Bhaktapur in addition to Kathmandu. Binay and his pals are spending their days clearing the rubble in his home city of Bhaktapur. Kudos to you all!!