Jesuit teams reach most affected areas of Nepal
Even as the government has intensified its relief efforts, many interior villages are still cut off from any contact. Tipling, one of villages most severely affected by the quake, was able to receive some help only today through the Nepal Jesuits. Fr Samuel arranged a helicopter through the Indian Army and took relief materials there.
Almost all of the 500 or so houses in the village are fully or partially destroyed by the quake. The house where the Jesuits were staying has also collapsed. Five deaths were reported from the village. The Jesuit fathers are safe and are actively involved in helping out the people who are traumatised and are living under tarpaulin sheets. We have a sizeable Catholic community there. Tipling is in Dhading district.
Jesuits in Nepal, through volunteers from its schools, college and social service centres continues to reach out to many villages with relief materials. On 3 May, the student volunteers from St Xavier’s College took relief materials to 120 families in Gorkha district, around 140 kilometers North-West of Kathmandu. The name of the village is Bhachek. It is a rural village approximately 65 km away from Gorkha district headquarters. It lies just opposite to the epicenter of the earthquake, Barpakh. The entire village of 1,400 houses is completely flattened.
The relief materials included beaten rice, instant noodles, dry snacks, soap, detergent soap, sanitary pads, water purifier, masks and gloves provided by the Nepal Jesuits.On behalf of the Nepal Jesuits, Fr Amrit Rai, Principal of St Xavier’s School, Jawalakhel distributed relief materials to 200 families in Kalika village in Sindhupalchok. It is a village dominated by Paree and Majhi (marginalised groups). They are badly affected by the quake.
On the same day, Fr Dilip Toppo organised a group of his staff members and through them sent relief materials to Kafalchaur, Ward Nos. 5, 6, of Dhading district. A medical team of sisters also went with them. About 80 patients were given medical aid. Here too the houses were totally destroyed.
On 4 May, the same team went to Gerkhutar, ward no. 3 of Nuwakot district. The community belongs to Mizars, one of the dalit communities of Nepal. There were 20 families gathered to receive the aid whose houses are flattened to the ground. All the 22 families there were given tarpaulin sheets, shawls and dry food. 30 people were given medical aid after a checkup. No deaths were reported in the community.
In the country the death toll has crossed 7,500 and it is climbing, as bodies are still being recovered from collapsed buildings and houses.