Con il passare dei giorni sempre più straziante si fa la tragedia dei nepalesi. Tra gli appelli che arrivano dal “paese delle nevi” tanto caro a quanti hanno avuto la fortuna di visitarlo come appassionati di trekking e alpinisti, pubblichiamo questo scritto di Dinesh Tramang, direttore di un’agenzia turistica di Kathmandu, che ci viene inoltrato dall’amico Paolo Valoti. E’ accompagnato da nuove immagini sulle devastazioni provocate dal terremoto e sulle condizioni in cui i sopravvissuti si trovano, tra cadaveri sparsi dappertutto nei villaggi distrutti mentre di giorno in giorno aumentano i casi di febbri tifoidee, colera, epatiti, infezioni delle vie respiratorie. Il bilancio ufficiale è ora di 6.621 morti e 14.021 feriti. Pubblichiamo qui la lettera di Dinesh Tramang nella sua integrità. Anche chi ha poca dimestichezza con la lingua inglese può cogliere la drammaticità di questa invocazione. Un invito a non distogliere l’attenzione dall’immane tragedia.
“Ecco che cosa ci serve”
I would highly appreciate if you could kindly share this mail with interested volunteers or donors who are enthusiastic in giving a helping hand.
In the afternoon of Saturday April 2015 a massive earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale struck Nepal and its neighboring countries causing massive damage and loss of life. All 75 districts of Nepal with million of people were affected. According to the media the death toll in the country is estimated over 6000 people but it is way more than that.
As the results of the destruction, thousands of people lost their lives and thousands are left homeless forcing them to live in temporary camps.
For the last three days, I was with a team to one of the most affected region in Rasuwa district. Better known as Langtang region. The devastation is beyond imagination.
The devastating earthquake followed by aftershocks combined with landslides has have caused heavy damage and numerous casualties. Entire villages are converted to rubbles, road and trails washed away.
Just to reach a village called Mailung it took us a full day and a whole night. Walking over landslides in the dark was tough and scary.
We reached Mailung to find nothing. Every house in the village is destroyed with bodies scattered all around. We were able to reach other two villages; Gogane and Tiru where we were able to rescue 50 injured people and pull hundreds on dead bodies. I counted 115 bodies but lost the count after that. Due to limited accessibility we were unable to carry any relief materials or tools other than few medicines. However, to avoid contamination, we created a mass grave for the bodies. The survivors are scattered all around without proper food and shelter.
There are limited or no water supplies at the temporary camps. The water, which is found, is contaminated, making clean drinking water difficult to obtain. But apart from food and shelter, the requirement for proper sanitation and sewerage treatment is crucial in all the temporary camps to avoid epidemics of communicable disease.
The number of displaced people is increasing in all temporary camps. The temporary camps lack proper shelter, food, sanitation facilities and sewage treatment. All of which could potentially contribute to diarrheal and respiratory infection disease outbreaks. Diseases such as salmonellosis, typhoid, cholera, hepatitis, and shigellosis are inevitable.
International aid in the form of rescue teams and relief provisions has arrived in Nepal but it is still yet reach these affected areas.
The situation calls for a sustained support to prevent death from hunger and risk of epidemics and diseases in weakened populations.
Upon return to Kathmandu yesterday, friends and I reacted immediately. As we became aware of the scale of the disaster it focused, quickly, on the potential health threats faced by the survivors due to improper food, shelter, sanitation facilities and the risk that they might suffer – or even die – as a result of disease.
We outlined the requirement of following items and have started acquiring them.
FOOD: Dry rations (Rice, Dal, Beaten Rice, Biscuits, Instant Noodles)
SHELTER: Tarpaulins, Plastics, Blankets and mattresses
SANITATION: Temporary tarp toilets, Water jerkin, Trash bag, insecticide, chlorine (Chlorinate water supplies; maintain water treatment and set-up toilet
Facilities. Rubbish bins and collection of waste ensure effective disposal of solid waste. Provide Hygiene awareness training and spray insecticide.)
A team of doctors from Germany will be arriving here tomorrow to join us.
Nepal needs all the help that she can get. It would be great if you or your organization could join us on this trip.
With best regards,
Chief Executive Officer
Trekking Experts Pvt Ltd.
Basundhara-3, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Cell: +977 9841027075 | Skype: iamdineshtamang
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