In this video, Nirajan talks (in Maithili) about the condition of Sakharpura village in Saptari district in Nepal. There are around 1000 families and 6000 people in this village. So far, the villagers have not received any aid.
Below is a paraphrasing of the video in English by Bikash Gupta.
You can hear and see children crying in the back, perhaps the child is hungry.
For five days, villagers have not been able to sleep in their homes. There is no electricity, and in the dark, there is an increasing danger of being bitten by snakes. Their “chulhi”–stoves made from mud in villages–got dissolved in the flood, and they have not been able to make any food. Stored rice sacks were swept away or the ones that are with them are unfit to use.
Villagers are seeking help. The most immediate need according to villagers affected are:
- murhi (rice puffs)
- chuira (beaten rice)
- dalmot–food items
The scale of devastation is huge. We have been raising some funds but given the scale, we will need more assistance. We are currently raising funds to collect food items. If you want to help, please let us know.
Similar to Sakhapura is the condition of Dadhitol, a village around 10km from Rajbiraj. Our team is working there, distributing tarpaulins, jeevanjal, water purifiers, and food items to about 45 families.
We will keep you updated about the journey.
Bikash Gupta is an undergraduate student at Soka University of America in the United States. He is currently in Nepal as a Daayitwa Fellow. He has also been actively working towards flood relief efforts.
Featured photo is taken by Bikram Rai, published in an article ‘Submerged Lives’ on Nepali Times.