Case Studies on Immediate Impact of Earthquake, Sindhupalchwok

1. Bal Bahadur Bhujel

Gairi Gaun, Pipal Danda

Bal B. Bhujel is a 42 years old man who lost two members of the family in the earthquake including his 68 years old mother and 40 years old wife. He is staying in the plastic tent made on roadside of his completely demolished house. Even in this situation of grave loss he has worn white un-garmented clothes in order to mark the 13-days death ritual of the family members. With no food grains left in his house, he says his family is having a very hard time to feed the two small children of the family. Also, they have no good clothes or blankets to cover themselves in night. Along with difficulty in fulfilling basic needs, Bal B.Bhujel also finds it difficult to do cultural perseverance of the death-ritual because everything that is required to mark the ritual has been buried under the house.

 

2.  Rita Rayamajhi
TapChaur, Pipal Danda

Rita is a 14 years old student who studies in class 9 in the nearby Shree Siddhi Higher Secondary School. A resident of TapChaur, PipalDanda of SIndhupalchowk district; with 5 family members in her family, including her father, mother and two brothers, she is devastated as her house is completely demolished. All food grains of the house has been buried and mixed in soil. Her family is surviving on some relief sent by few organization two days ago.  She stays in a tent made out of some steel-tins (JastaPata) of their house roof. She is very worried as her younger brothers have started to get sick in the tent. The smallest son of the family has caught fever. She is scared that his condition will get more severe as there is no health post or medicinal facility nearby.   

 

4. Sijana Sapkota
Sapkota Tol, Pipal Danda

Srijana Sapkota is a 12 years old student who studies in class 5. She lost two members of her family including her 2 years old sister and her 40 years old mother. She says she is shaken by the loss of her mother. Especially her younger sisters who are below ten years old miss their mother and cry most of the nights. They are scared to sleep in the tent.
Srijana's father said that he has not been able to perform the 13-days death ritual because everything that is required to do the ritual has been buried under his completely collapsed house. They are surviving on raw-foods like beaten rice, noodles and biscuits as the utensils necessary to cook food are also completely destroyed under the house.

 

5. Dil Kumari Nepali
Saune Pani Tol, Pipal Danda

Dil Kumari is a 24 year old woman who has a 3 month old son and a 4 years old daughter. Like her every neighbors, Dil Kumari's house is also destroyed. But, her situation is more difficult than others because of her two small children. All food grains have been buried under the house and they are surviving on the raw foods that also include junk foods like Noodles and Biscuits sent as relief-package to them. Because of lack of nutrition, Dil Kumari said that she is having trouble with breast-feeding her 7 month old son. With no proper lactation, she neither has any other good food to feed her 3 month old baby. Also, it is extremely difficult for her to take care of herself and her children in the small tent that she shares with 18 other people

 


Housing

  • Almost all housed of Sindhupalchowk district, Pipal danda has become completely demolished.
  • None of the houses are suitable to live inside therefore people are living under the tent made under their own initiation.
  • With everything collapsed under the houses, people are also facing shortage of cooking utensils, cothes and blankets.
  • Most of the people are depended upon agriculture and have no means of fast-cash to immediately build another house.

Children


 

  • Children are more traumatized in this crisis than others.
  • Ramesh B.K., a 7 year old boy of Chuhan village who was rescued after half an hour, is still scared and cries a lot as told by his mother.
  • Many children are facing health problems like stomachache.
  • Almost all schools of the village are destroyed, so it is going to hamper the children's right to education in the long run.

Sanitation

  • With more than 10 people living under the same tent(usually small one), people have started to face many sanitation problems.
  • Especially, girls and women complained facing problems during menstruation period.
  • Open defecation has added to the sanitation problem of the community.
  • Dead animals not evacuated from the demolished houses has also made the area more vulnerable in terms of diseases.