No respite for 72-year-old Sitaram, a month after #NepalEarthquake

No respite for 72-year-old Sitaram, a month after #NepalEarthquake

72-yr-old Sitaram and his wife have no home after #NepalEarthquake. Help them. http://bit.ly/1Rh6xQx #1monthNepal.

When the massive aftershock of 7.3 magnitude hit on May 12, 2015, 72-year-old Sitaram and his wife Vishnu were inside their small house in Milbichauna village, Gorkha district.

Now their home is reduced to a rubble and they are have to live in the open. With his voice breaking from the pauses he takes to catch his breath, Sitaram recalls the trauma of that day.

“When the tremors started, me and my wife rushed out of the house, covering our heads and stones from the roof started to fall. We barely made it out of the house, when it collapsed,” said Sitaram.

After having worked in India as a security guard for shops and corporate houses, Sitaram eventually decided to come back to his village and make his own house.

“It was not big house, but I made it from my own hands. Now it is ruined,” he says.

With no children to look after them, Sitaram and Vishnu only have each other for company and are facing a bleak future. But the septuagenarian is quick to thank Oxfam on the relief supplies being provided to them.

But he has some difficult questions that need answering. “Now the monsoon will arrive, then where will be stay? What will we eat? What will we do? There will be landslides, we could fall and get hurt. So the future does not look good for us,” said a gloomy Sitaram.

You can help answer these tough questions by Sitaram.

Written by: Oxfam India staff

Photo Credit: Oxfam

Humanitarian Response and DRR

Oxfam India saves lives by building the resilience of communities to disasters and conflict

Read More

Related Blogs

Blogs

Stories that inspire us

Humanitarian Response and DRR

29 Jun, 2022

Assam

Assam Floods | Our Response Updates

You can support us: https://donate.oxfamindia.org/indiafloods.  DDMA, UNICEF and Oxfam India have innovated boat-mounted water treatment units to provide life-saving water to the people ...

Humanitarian Response and DRR

31 Dec, 2021

Delhi

2021: Your Journey With Oxfam India

2021 was a year of unprecedented humanitarian crises. It was also the year of unprecedented resolve and response by Oxfam India. Just when we were beginning to plan for the future, the se...

Humanitarian Response and DRR

23 Jul, 2021

Balasore, Odisha

Cyclones, Flood, and COVID-19 Upends Lives in Odisha’s Soro Block

Clutching a bag in her hand, Munia Bibi clad in a pink and yellow saree, with the palloo firmly on her head, headed towards the primary school in her village on a Sunday morning. Ration k...

Humanitarian Response and DRR

01 Jul, 2020

Pune, Maharashtra

The SWaCH Story | How waste pickers continued work during lockdown

The announcement of the COVID-19 lockdown evoked a range of feelings from panic to anxiety, from  frustration to relief (at the possibility of working from home). What united most people,...

img Become an Oxfam Supporter, Sign Up Today One of the most trusted non-profit organisations in India