On May 5th, we visited Tasarpu Village in the Dhading District in the western mountainous area of Kathmandu for assessment. Here are updates of the situation on the ground.
Most of the villages in the mountain are destroyed and are reduced to rubbleThe emergency assistance team assessed Tasarpu Village in the Dhading District on May 5th. It is located four hours away from Kathmandu, of which three hours are on steep mountain roads. Although there was serious damage to the village, including 1000 of 1200 houses partially or totally damaged, this was the first time any aid organization had reached the area. Moreover, unpaved steep footpaths were the only access to the highest area of the village. Most of the houses were completely destroyed, and the villagers were living in emergency shelters covered by tattered tarpaulin.
|Villagers left under hastily-made emergency shelters covered by tattered tarpaulins (Tasarpu Village, Dhading District, May 5th, 2015).|
|After a discussion with officials of the Dhading District administrative office, we decided which village to assist. Second person from the left is Noriyasu OKAYAMA from AAR Japan (Dhading Besi, Dhading District, May 5th, 2015)|
|Chiaki FURUKAWA (center) researching the cost of supplies in a market (Dhading Besi, Dhading District, May 5th, 2015)|
|Near the mountaintop of Tasarpu Village, Dhading District. Most of the households were completely destroyed (May 5th, 2015).|
|Chiaki FURUKAWA (left) distributing boxes of biscuits as immediate supply of food to the villagers living in Tasarpu Village (May 15th, 2015)|