KATHMANDU : There are no adequate words to describe the Nepal Tragedy. Today we find ourself attempting to pick up the pieces of heart that have broken into such tiny shards, We’ll likely never find them all. Those who died He was one of one of the human kind . They are our truest friends. Among those was incredible brother, a brilliant engineer, and a damn good man. We are devastated and simultaneously so deeply grief stricken.
Disasters like this are often unquantifiable, the enormity is too much to understand. Please remember that each person who is now gone was someone’s friend or relative Please remember that our time on this Earth is not guaranteed. Please tell those you love that you do.
It’s almost Two years since Last ‘daivi Aapda’ (Natural Disaster) struck the Himalayan State of Uttarakhand, In the lap of lord Shiva (Kedar Dham) killing thousands of residents and visiting people (pilgrims) from all over India, and abroad, displacing local habitats and animals and destroying roads, damaging schools, hospitals buildings, telecom infrastructure etc. Even today, wounds are fresh in our memory, pictures of gushing Mandakini is scary & tears of victims is disturbing and take many years to get settled.
Though the Rehab work is going on in the region, people are still searching for their loved ones, local community who lost their livelihood is struggling to revive them even after two years of Himalayan Tsunami. Govt. from respective states came forward to help their citizens, Non Govt. (NGO/INGOS) also came ahead with their resources and supported defined regions & communities.
Irony is that , among all one particular community who also lost their near and dears was ignored by both Govt. and non Govt. groups. How many of them died, missing is still not heard and did not receive any compensation. That affected community was daily wage workers, labours from Nepal. Coming from bordering state in search of better employment opportunities , living in very difficult and unhygienic conditions.
Most of them are working as road construction labours and living in very vulnerable conditions in make shift arrangements on road side with & without their families without getting basic amenities. During the whole Relief and Rehab work, this unknown and low paid Nepali labour (around 1500 plus) played very Important role in rebuilding Uttarakhand by road construction, hotels, bridges and schools etc. in very extreme weather conditions and circumstances.
Almost after two years, Lord Shiva is again angry and has shown the power of being a Destroyer in the land of ‘Lord Shiva (Pashupatinath ji)’ with massive earth quake of 7.8 magnitude on 25th April15, killing thousands of people (number of them is not yet confirmed) but increasing with each word I write, by Shaking all Nepal, Bihar and North India, destroying many buildings, schools and hospitals. To my surprise like Kedarnath shrine, Pashupatinath ji also remain unharmed and standing tall despite of such mega disaster.
Initially I thought its another and routine Earth Quake but with news flowing in , made us scary . With our experience to share the pain of affected communities in Uttarakhand during Himalayan Tsunami /disaster we wanted to do something for our Nepali Brothers and sisters.
After getting this shocking news and talking to some friends in Nepal & taking the stock of position in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhagtapur, Kantipur, Pokhra, we realised that people in Nepal need our support at this point of time.
Though Govt. of India with support from Air Force, National Disaster Rescue Force (NDRF) is already in action and have deputed its teams there & we at SFID (Society For Inclusive Development) would also like to extend our support to friends of Nepal during this time of despair, pain and grievances .
by sending them financial support.
Its too early to define our plans for them but with support from local network partners, friends, and Network Civil Society Groups in Nepal, we can move ahead and extend our full support for rescue, relief and Rehabilitation programs in Nepal. We have to show our solidarity and stand with the strong people of this country at this hour.
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