The Nazarene disaster response team drove three hours to the Sindhupalchok District, which is one of the areas most devastated by the earthquake. There, the team did a disaster relief assessment. The team of eight people split into four groups to visit four different villages and talk to community members about their needs.
Sindhupalchok is now reporting a higher death toll than any other district in Nepal, most recently reported at 1,820 people.
The villages and small settlements are located on the sides of a beautiful river valley where people farm for their livelihood, growing just enough to feed their families. They will be able to grow crops again, but in the meantime, emergency food aid is needed.
In even the best of days, the Sindhupalchok District is subject to periodic landslides, some of which hit small settlements and injure or kill residents.
Pritish*, 11, was washing clothes at the community water tap when the April 25 earthquake hit her village. She ran between the falling houses to a cornfield where she knew her grandmother would be. She now sleeps outside because her house is in ruins.
Fortunately Pritish’s entire family survived. Her aunt received a head injury, but it was not serious. When the team arrived in her village, Pritish was playing with other children around the ruins of her house.
Some were salvaging what they could from the ruins of their homes. Here, a family is venturing into the front of their unstable three-story home to retrieve whatever hasn’t been destroyed. A man on the second floor tosses papers and books to the base of the rubble while a woman stands ready with a bag to gather some of the undamaged items.
The front of this man’s house miraculously still stands, but it poses a danger to anyone passing by on the street because it could easily fall into the road during an aftershock.
The Nazarene disaster response team met with community members to ask them questions about their current situation, what needs they have, and what kind of help they want to receive. The community members had been cut off from communication with the rest of Nepal since the earthquake. Here, Rev. Dilli, the church’s district superintendent and NCM coordinator in Nepal, listens to residents talk about what kind of help they need in the short-term.
Pray for the people of the Sindhupalchok District as they work to rebuild their lives.
*Children’s names are changed for their protection.
To learn more about or to support the church’s disaster response in Nepal: ncm.org/nepal