Tue, 13 Apr, 2021

Rising Problems and Difficulties Around

By Bimal Gaire

Photo: An elderly lady along with her daughter in law living in the tents Photo Courtesy: Prakash Singh Although it has been many days since we have last felt a major shock, these constant aftershocks have been playing around with our mind. These are adding some more pain to our wounds. Right when we were trying to back on with our lives, a major quake of 7.3 magnitude has made it even worse. People who have lost their homes are still living under the tents. Their chance of rebuilding everything has been blown away now. A glimpse of home was emerging and that has now been put away in shades. There is a massive pain of losing family and all the belongings but life after that, the life in the tents, is not doing any good. The difficulties of living in an open place is adding some more troubles in everyday life. Those who were moving back to their houses are on the tents again with the fear that a major earthquake will hit again. There are about 2-3 shocks felt everyday and these shocks are creating chaotic situations only. The daily life of most of the people is left for going back and forth to the open ground. “I can't go to my house. I am too scared. Scientists may say the quake has stopped now and there is a very little possibility that a big one will hit again but I think these guys know nothing, anything can happen.” said Sameer Kumar Thapa, a resident of Koteshowor, Kathmandu who is currently living under the tents at Koteshwor Army Camp. While asking when will he return to his house he said, “I don't know. When will the after shocks stop? I think it will take a long time to get back to where we were before." [gallery ids="6753,6752,6751,6750,6749"] Madhav Pant, a resident of Kaushaltar, Bhaktapur said, “I am worried for my family. There are cracks in my house and I can't let them sleep there. If by chance a big wake hits again then it might collapse. I can't live in that danger and can't put my family in risk. It's better living under the tents.” Muna Kumari Prasai, a mother of three who lives in Baneshwor, Kathmandu says she is terrified and mostly worried for her 8 months daughter. She said, “It's really hard out here in the tents. Everything is so difficult and these mosquitoes make it even worse.” Along with all these kind of tensions now there is a high chance of burglary. With most people out of their houses, burglars are becoming the new problems for the already troubled people. In the past month alone more than one thousand cases of Burglary have been reported and police has caught more than one hundred of those burglars. Ram Kumar Mahato, a resident of Jadibuti, Kathmandu expressed his sorrows, “I am more troubled now. I can't go to my house but if I don't I will lose everything I have. So we are taking turns to guard our house. My two sons and I sometimes sleep on the courtyard of our house just to ensure that nobody breaks into the house." So with the pain of the earthquake in one hand, problems seem to take an uplift. We don't feel safer anymore and there is mental pressure because of all this. We are traumatized and nothing seems to work out. But things will get better. People among ourselves are working to make things better. So, we need to work together in this time of distress. It is the time to show our true character. Times like these define who we are and what we are capable of. Our little effort can make a huge difference in overcoming this great tragedy. We are all traumatized but someone needs to stand up. It can be anything from helping a mother by carrying her daughter for a little while to building temporary houses for the victims. And in the mean time we should report about any suspicious group and their activities. We need to make everyone safer!!!