#Kaski Lahachowk (Poudel Danda) — Durable Shelter and Engineering Inspection Required

Among many reports received at Sparrow SMS Earthquake helpline, there was one report from Lahachowk, Kaski. Kaski had apparently the lowest number of victims and casualties in comparision to the other affected districts. However, just being at a distance of ~1hr motorbike ride from Pokhara, and other reports where we have heard such near distant victims being ignored, we wanted to understand the situation there. And we have some important findings for place where there are no casualties. Yes the situation can be worse in their own way.

We contacted Rotaract Hemja (Thanks to Rotaract Club of Newroad City for providing the contact information) We discussed over phone with Mr. Sandeep Tripathi, the current president of Rotaract Hemja and requested to visit the place for the assessment. Our sincere thanks to Mr. Tripathi for helping us in helping us document the report.

  1. 28–30 houses / families, either Fully or partially vandalized
  2. There is no immediate problem of food and clothes.
  3. However, the houses seemingly erect still stream the wave of fear and insecurity, whether they can actually stay there or not. Civil Engineering inspection and reporting required.

Among the families affected, there are actually some families who don’t have shelter, and the members belong to the age-group they can’t take care of themselves.

We discussed over phone for more than 30 minutes after Mr. Tripathi returned from the site.

We give tarpaulin, they suffer after few weeks, as the monsoon is starting soon. There aren’t much families who need alternate shelter if we can inspect the houses for and grade them RED / YELLOW / GREEN.

Therefore, we came up with a consent to halt the immediate fund for food and tarpaulin, and pivot in some minimal semi-permanent solution, where the victims can wait longer for a permanent solution.

A temporary shelter solution
Cost breakdown for the above sample shelter

Updates will be provided for further movements in this regard.

Meanwhile, others can also report similar instances via help.sparrowsms.com or by sending SMS to 6040 with the format HELP<space>Location and Message.