Strong storm rips through ‘temporary shelters’ of Nepal earthquake survivors

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A file photo of the epicentre of the Nepal earthquake, the Barpak Village

Many earthquake survivors in Nepal’s Lamjung district have lost whatever rudimentary shelter they had as strong wind swept through many parts of the district which made international headlines recently due to Prince Harry’s overnight homestay with a Nepalese family.

According to Nagarik Dainik, strong wind and hailstorm hit three Village Development Committees that lie close to the epicentre of the April 25 earthquake. People who had lost their homes during the 7.8 magnitude temblor have had their tents blown away by the gale. Citing a local resident of Lamjung district, the vernacular daily further said that the heavy rain following the storm added to the woes of the families as their food supplies and clothes got wet.

Cooking their meals has been a challenge ever since, it is understood. More importantly, children have been exposed to the cold weather as rain continued late into Sunday night, the daily said.

Local media in Kathmandu reported last Thursday that ‘hundreds of temporary’ shelters were blown away by similar wind in Gorkha and Rasuwa districts, the former being the home to the epicentre of last year’s mega earthquake, Barpak VDC.

It is understood over 200 shelters were ripped apart in one village alone.

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