Nepal is no longer in the headlines, but someone who lives in Christchurch, a city devastated more than five years ago by an earthquake, I know that behind the headlines there will still be massive problems and hardship.
Lyn Taylor’s Adventure Travel has led many groups to Nepal trekking over the years, and has built lasting relationships and friendships with people and communities there.
For those interested she is presently with a group of volunteers in the village of Majuwa to help with the re-building of Saraswasi School.
Nepal Post Earthquake – What is happening …
Lyn reports that there is limited to no fuel, gas, kerosene. In fact any supplies coming from India which is essentially most things that Nepal relies on are not getting through. This includes food and medical supplies. The Indian government closed the Indo-Nepal border 6 weeks ago in support of a minority ethnic group in the south who were not happy with the constitution that was passed about 7 weeks ago.
This is a humanitarian disaster waiting to happen. It is worse than the aftermath of the April 25 earthquake. Some people are blaming the Indians, others are blaming the Nepalis. It’s basically down to the fact that some people do not agree with the new Nepal constitution.
Nepal has been brought to a standstill and it is crippling the economy, or what it had left of it since the earthquakes a few months ago.
Because there is no gas, people are now cooking on wood burners and stoves as they cannot keep their generators running because there is no fuel. Winter is soon approaching and if the situation is not resolved people will no doubt perish. Eighty five percent of shops and restaurant’s are closing as they have no food, no gas. The lines for fuels stretch for miles, vehicles have been waiting for over 2 weeks now but the only fuel that has filtered in is from other border Points and it is not enough to sustain 30 million people.
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