Barpak, May 24, 2016:Â After the devastating earthquake of last April robbed her of her beloved son and her home, 65-year-old Kalimaya Ghale of Barpak, Gorkha, somehow managed to get through the monsoon.
But one year on, her travails have not ended.
â€œI shudder when I recount how I roughed out the monsoon from a make-do shelter but it appears my plight will continue this year too,â€ said Kalimaya, who hasnâ€™t so far received the grant pledged by the government for the reconstruction of her damaged house.
â€œI heard the state pledging to help reconstruct our houses, but till date I havenâ€™t got anything in the name of reconstruction. The only amount Iâ€™ve got so far is the immediate relief amount of 15,000 rupees and an additional 10,000 rupees as winter allowance,â€ said the grandmother of four, who makes ends meet for her family by crushing stones.
Kalimaya is worried about her grandchildren. â€œAs Iâ€™m in my twilight years, I am not worried about myself as much as about the small children and my two daughter-in-laws,â€ she said, adding, â€œMany people in the village erected houses on their own, but lacking the wherewithals, I donâ€™t know when I will have my own house ready.â€
Like Kalimaya, around 1,400 quake victims are still living in temporary shelters in the village.