Nepal: tin and rice reach remote villages
Groups of Jesuit relief workers are continuing to access remote communities in Nepal, bringing much needed supplies to communities devastated by the April earthquakes.
“We got things moving a bit closer to Tipling village now,” says Fr Samuel Simick SJ. Tipling is a high mountainous area near to the Himalayas, located in the Dhading District of Nepal. There are no proper health care facilities in the area and the Jesuits have been working in Tipling as missionaries for the last four years.
“On 7 June, we loaded six trucks full of relief materials, five trucks of tin sheets and a truck of rice,” Fr Samuel says. “We organised a group of 20 volunteers to help us load, transport, unload and guard the materials.” 250 bundles of tin sheets were provided by the Nepal Don Bosco Society.
Army clears landslides
“Early in the morning of 8 June, we left Kathmandu trying to reach Somdang through Galchi, Trishuli, Dhunche, Shebru besi and Gatlang. We had smooth movement till Shebru besi, (then a) rough road till Manchet Nepal Army base. From there the road to Somdang is not yet repaired, about 30 kms of road is still to be repaired. Therefore, we had to unload the materials at Manchet Army Camp.”
Fr Samuel says the party was assisted by the Nepal Army which helped them reach Manchet, with military personnel helping to clear the landslide for the truck to reach the Camp and others unloading and storing moods. “Our two volunteers—Markus and Marcel—have stayed back to guard and organise the trip to Somdang,” Fr Samuel adds. “The blocked road could be repaired within two days."
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