Singh Bahadur Feels Secure in New Home

Singh Bahadur Tamang originally from Uttargaya Rural Municipality of Rasuwa district was living in his home when the first tremor of earthquake hit his home on 25 April 2015. Singh and his wife was buried in the dust when their home was completely destroyed by the earthquake. Their relatives including neighbors were killed in the earthquake. They were completely unknown about this catastrophe as both husband and wife were unconscious for two days. One of the son-in-law who lived in Kathmandu came to their home after two days and rescued them from their house. However, the villagers including his son-in-law thought that Singh and his wife were also killed by the earthquake and were no chance to survive. “I knew later that the villagers kept me inside the tent with other dead bodies of the villagers. When the villagers were ready to do the final rituals of our bodies one of my neighbors shouted as saying we were still alive among the dead bodies,” said Singh Bahadur with full of tears in his both eyes.

After some hours a helicopter came to rescue to them and other injured persons. They were admitted in Bir Hospital of Kathmandu after three days of the earthquake. “I came to conscious after two days following the admission in that hospital but my wife partially became conscious after five days, said Singh. The government of Nepal and some of my relatives helped them to get treatment in the hospital. After two months, they were discharged from the hospital. One of the organizations kept them in a temporary camp in Rasuwa district. The same organizations and others provided food for them. “We were survived by the organizations but after two months we came to Nuwakot near a stream as we were difficult to survive in Rasuwa. In the same time, some Durable Solution (DS) members came to us and asked many questions,” he said. Based on the documentation prepared by DS team a total of 27 HHs who were living near the stream got NPR 200,000 to purchase land in safe place.

Singh Bahadur and other 27 HHs purchased 0.25 hectare of land in Kispang Rural Municipality of Nuwakot district. They equally divided the land. “The same team again came to us and collected necessary credentials to get grant for the construction of houses in safe place. We again got NPR 300,000 to construct houses. We were quite unaware on the government’s process for getting grant to purchase land to construct houses in safe place.”

Finally, 27 HHs were constructed in same place after the facilitation of DS team. Some of the family members work in others farm and get half portion of crops and corn for survival.