Desperation creeping in, people in Nepal wait for aid

Desperation creeping in, people in Nepal wait for aid

Sharelines

Sankhu, the potato basket of Kathmandu is in urgent need of aid. #NepalEarthquake. See more. http://bit.ly/1bosRrb

Sankhu is part of Kathmandu district, but over an hour’s drive from the main town. It’s devastated and looks exactly like town in ruins. 

 Nepal Earthquake

The town of Sankhu has been devastated by the #NepalEarthquake

People in the town are complaining that little aid is reaching them. Violence also broke out amongst them to access to the limited food and water supplies. They had even blocked the road for a while and had apparently sent a few photographers away.

 Nepal Earthquake response

The town of Sankhu has been devastated by the #NepalEarthquake

Most of the houses have been completely destroyed. Most of the people are living out in the open in tents and tarpaulin make shift tents, without access to water, electricity, fuel or food. 

 Nepal earthquake response

People in Sankhu are in urgent need of food, water and shelter

Indira Ranamagar of Prisoners Assistance Nepal, a local NGO that runs children’s homes in the area implored for help: “Without electricity, stagnant water and no food coming in, the people here are in desperate need for help. The children in my orphanage also need help, though they’re alive at this stage, they’re badly in need of attention and food.”

People in Sankhu are in urgent need of food, water and shelter

Sankhu is known as the potato basket of Kathmandu. It used to grow potatoes in abundance and supply to the capital. Without food aid, the villagers only have the potatoes sitting in their field. Neighbours are refusing to take money from the villagers for the potatoes. When most aid agencies are still manoeuvring their way to Sankhu, these villagers are left to fend for themselves.

Nepal Earthquake Response

People in Sankhu are in urgent need of food, water and shelter

All photo credits: Sharbendu De/Oxfam India

 


Others

Find out how Oxfam India is enabling communities by working to provide a life of dignity and equal opportunity for all.Get to know more about Oxfam India`s latest projects.

Read More

Related Stories

Gender Justice

04 Feb, 2019

Chhattisgarh

Strengthening Panchayats to respond to Violence Against Women

Unaware by the change which was emerging in their lives, Phoolkumari and her friends along with other villagers of Sushi village of Janjgir Champa district in Chhattisgarh headed towards the Gaon P

Read More

Gender Justice

31 Dec, 2018

Odisha

Fighting for a brighter future

Upendra Patra, 45, belongs to Kalahandi, Odisha.

Read More

Gender Justice

31 Dec, 2018

Uttar Pradesh

A champion of change

Arpit, 26, is an advocate for women’s rights and gender equality. Arpit was exposed to violence and gender inequality from a young age, seeing the way that his father illtreated his mother.

Read More

Gender Justice

31 Dec, 2018

Uttar Pradesh

Stronger Together

Sunita, Rekha, and Ramesha (L to R) are members of the Creating Spaces Women’s Group in Bucchabasti Village, Purkazi Block, Uttar Pradesh], where t

Read More