Sindhupalchowk: ruins and relief

On May 20, I travelled from Kathmandu to Liskankhu, Sindhupalchowk to help with a relief program. Sindhupalchowk is one of the most severely damaged districts by the earthquake. It had been less than two months that I had travelled the same area admiring beautiful lush villages. Now to see the same villages turned into rubble was heart-wrenching. But it was also relieving to see see people coming together to help each other. Many temporary housings were built along the way on locals’ effort and I was also able to witness a relief program, that was very well-managed by the village committee.

Most of the houses have been destroyed by the earthquake. Even the houses, standing upright are damaged from inside and unliveable

Most of the houses have been destroyed by the earthquake. Even the houses, standing upright are damaged from inside and unliveable

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Two girls holding flowers to welcome relief workers. A temporary housing on the background.

Two girls holding flowers to welcome relief workers. A temporary housing on the background.

temporary housing built by locals

temporary housing built by locals

People carrying relief materials to their homes.  Buddhist shrine at the side of the road.

People carrying relief materials to their homes. Buddhist shrine at the side of the road.

people waiting in line for relief materials

people waiting in line for relief materials

volunteers carrying relief materials

volunteers carrying relief materials

Since most of youth have gone abroad for employment, it was common sight that old folks had come to receive relief materials.

Since most of youth have gone abroad for employment, it was common sight that old folks had come to receive relief materials.

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also mothers with young babies

also mothers with young babies

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“Our school is 2 hrs away. The school is damaged by the earthquake. We don’t know when we will be going to school again.”

damaged wall of school roof

damaged wall of school building

education materials inside classroom damaged by the earthquake

education materials inside classroom damaged by the earthquake

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A severely damaged school

A severely damaged school

roofs are crumbled

roofs are crumbled

Landslides like this pose big threats as monsoon is coming

Landslides like this pose big threats as monsoon is coming

 

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