Today’s report- We started from Kathmandu at 6AM. One of the worst affected area is Sindupal, so we headed towards there. As we approached this area after midday, we could see the destruction and I cannot describe how bad it was- I don’t think this kind of destruction has been shown even in the movies. I started to cry as we started down from the District head quarter at Chautara, but I said to myself – now is not the time, got to pull myself together. So I tried to be strong- wore my sunglasses to hide my tears.

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We gave two young girls, one with a small baby, a ride. They where on their way home to their parents village, not knowing if they would meet them alive.

 

Then we met a couple of girls, one with a baby, stranded in middle of nowhere- no food no water. Upon asking them, we came to know that they were on the way to their village, about 30 kms from that point to make sure their parents are alive. So gave them a lift on our truck. We soon came to know that beyond the district head quarter, villages had not received any relief supplies due to its remoteness and extremely dangerous road condition. We heard the drive was difficult to this area, but gave it a shot.
We were the first relief supply team reaching there!!!

Co incidentally the girls whom we had given lift were also from this area. People told us that it was not possible to pull out dead bodies from their villages, so they left the bodies inside the rubble and collected woods and put the wood above the rubble, burnt it and performed their religious cremation.

When we arrived at our target destination of Khutume Danda, the situation got tensed. Some local boys hopped into our truck and stole a few boxes of noodles. We arrived at the village and instantly got swarmed by the locals. The sight was so depressing. Just a couple of weeks ago, these people had a happy family, enough to eat and had a basic but satisfying and happy life – today the look in their eyes when they saw the food truck was a bit disturbing – how can things change so much within couple of weeks? The situation was a bit tense.

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We came to know that they had not had food for many days and had been living on left over beans and spinach for about a week. We were the first relief team there, so we were a bit nervous. We also couldn’t follow the girls whom we had given lift in our jeep.
We got down of our jeep and instantly talked with the people. We told them that if there will be a fight, we will inform all relief team to not come there and asked them to get away from the truck and behave. Then we asked 4 elderly people from the village to come forward and gave them the list of the food we had brought and asked them to give the list of the families there. We managed to work out an amount each family would get and calculated that they were 40 families and the supplies would last 20 to 25 days. Until then we are sure other teams will reach their.

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Later we distributed mineral water and fruit juice to children, they were very happy along with their parent. The smiles on the faces of the people were priceless.
Also the girls came and told us that they met their parents and were alive- the smile with which they told the news was worth a few tears!!

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We managed to coordinate with the village and had a fair distribution of the supply. They were very happy and we were happier. They gave us blessings and good wishes to all who supported them.
We had a long and tiring drive back to Ktm. We hadn’t eaten for 9 hours, so we crashed into a restaurant as soon as we got to ktm and ate our fill.

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It was depressing to see the destruction, but also rewarding to see the smiles on their faces after getting supplies, and happy children getting fruit juices and biscuits.

//Saran
Hi On Life’s rescue & relief team

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