Transporting relief goods to a distribution site by following mountain passes and along a riverThe emergency response team of Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan) has been continuing emergency relief activities in Tasarpu Village of the mountainous Dhading District. On May 14th, the team distributed relief supplies to a total of 308 households in the 2nd and 8th wards at the back of the village.
First AAR Japan transported relief goods by four, four-ton trucks from the capital Kathmandu to the foot of the mountain, which takes about three hours. The team then transferred the relief supplies from the trucks to five tractors at the riverbank, and moved along the river. Following the strong aftershock that occurred two days ago, the team talked with local drivers, and decided that this route was safer than through the mountain passes. After moving along the river for about an hour, the team arrived at a low-lying area, which was the AAR Japan’s distribution site.
|Women of the 8th ward of Tasarpu Village waiting in line to receive long-awaited relief supplies.|
|The AAR Japan’s emergency response team transferred relief supplies from the trucks to tractors, and moved along the river for about an hour. The owner of the tractors refused to receive any compensation for fuel and labor.|
“I want a place where my family can sleep well with peace of mind.”
|In the mountaintop areas, almost all of the houses were destroyed and debris was not cleared, exactly the same sight as right after the earthquake. Natsuki MATSUMOTO (left) and Chiaki FURUKAWA (right) from AAR Japan.|
The front of the house in which Sano Taka’s (left) family lived barely maintains the structure. The back of the house is completely destroyed.
|Sano Taka’s family, consisting of seven, sleeps at this collapsed barn. He said, “I am extremely grateful for the floor mat and mosquito net, but now I want a place where my family can sleep well with peace of mind.”|