How your earthquake relief donations are used and how they are not

(Archived from 2015). 


“…all the amount deposited in them for the purpose of relief for Saturday’s Great Quake will be automatically transferred to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.”

“Due to the disaster caused by the Great Quake, all the accounts opened in banks and financial institutions by different organisations for collecting donations will be earmarked and the amount in them will be transferred to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund,” read the circular.

Kathmandu’s tiny single-runway airport has struggled to accommodate the huge rush of flights bringing in aid and foreign experts….


“The rescuers have yet to reach some of the worst-hit villages in Gorkha, Dhading, Sindhupalchok, Kavre and Nuwakot, among other districts. Scores of settlements have been cut off from transportation and telecommunication services after the Great Earthquake. The injured have not received treatment three days past the disaster, while the displaced have been compelled to languish, hungry under the open sky.

Our correspondents in various districts have reported that despite rescue workers wanting to reach affected areas, relief works have been held back by the lack of coordination among the authorities, and the problem has exacerbated for various reasons including adverse weather and geographical hindrances.

“I talked to my mother on the phone on Sunday,” said Aash Maya Gurung of Manbu in Gorkha. “She told me our house was destroyed and that she had eaten only one meal since the quake. Nobody has reached the village yet, and we could send nothing to her by way of relief ,” said Gurung.

“In many villages, telephone and road have been inaccessible. It’s getting alarmingly late to rescue the injured and provide relief , food and tents,” said Hari Ghale, Gorkha president of the Nepali Congress.

The relief amount has yet to reach the centres that are supposed to distribute the district relief funds in Gorkha, the epicentre of and one of the worst-hit districts of Saturday’searthquake . The local administration could not provide even food and tents owing to the money not getting to the intended places. The fund is managed by the Home Ministry, which generally has about Rs 100,000 to 200,000 in stock. “The amount in the fund is too meagre to manage relief . We have requested the money, but it has not arrived yet.

He has stopped hoping for anything from the government. “We are forced to live under the open sky. It will be a huge relief if the authorities provided a tent immediately,” he said.

For quake victims like Shrestha and other locals, the situation worsened even further with the rain on Tuesday. Just 1,000 tents arrived in the district on that day, and when they did the political leaders wanted to divert tents to their own constituencies. Two-hundred-and-fifty tents had been allocated for four constituencies in the district.

In Sindhupalchok, the rescue teams are yet to reach eight VDCs, including, Bhotang, Baruwa, Tatopani, Marming and Listi. While relief and rescue efforts are on, hundreds still have not been provided relief and treatment.

“Frustration is growing in parts of rural Nepal over the pace of relief efforts, with some badly-affected villages yet to receive any assistance.

Survivors in some areas told the BBC that they were angry that neither food nor medicine has reached them.”

“In several villages north-east of the capital, Kathmandu, no buildings have been left untouched and bodies are still lying under the rubble, the BBC’s Richard Galpin reports.

There has been no help from the government or aid agencies even though supplies could easily be brought in by road or by helicopter, he says.”

“We will die if there is no help from the government or other organisations,” Dhan Bahadur Shresta, a resident of Deupur Sipaghat Kavre village, told our correspondent.”

“Just 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the epicenter of the powerful quake that has decimated parts of Nepal, villagers say they are being neglected by the government and international organizations.They say aid trucks have driven past toward the epicenter without dropping anything off, bypassing their village and others nearby.”

“But a lot of the supplies coming into the region are getting caught in bottlenecks before they get near these villages. Those who are helping out say they’re still waiting for the big professional aid organizations to arrive.”

“Tensions are rising in Nepal over the slow pace of aid deliveries. About 200 people blocked traffic in Kathmandu after many faced huge queues for free bus rides out of the city. The protesters confronted police and there were minor scuffles but no arrests. There are confirmed reports that survivors broke into government offices in Dolakha district to demand relief supplies.
Nepal’s prime minister, Sushil Koirala, was confronted by survivors desperate for relief deliveries when he visited a hospital in Kathmandu. Many survivors gathered in front of the prime minister to request to water, food and tents.

Aid is beginning to reach remote districts for the first time, humanitarian agencies claim. 

A group of protestors broke into government offices in Dolakha district.

“Hundreds of people came to the office and vandalised it” said the senior official in the district, Prem Lal Lamichhane.

“We have been requesting for basic tents, food and water, but we haven’t received anything from the centre, so how can we provide help,” he said.

Lamichhane said the protesters did not have a place to sleep, and lack food and drinking water.

Sasmita Shrestha, 24, in Chautara of Sindhupalchowk district said people were very angry with the government. “None of the government bodies or the aid agencies have visited us to provide relief. We are still living in the open.”

She said there were chaotic scenes after the first relief packages were brought into government offices.

Channel 4 News reporter Jonathan Miller confirms the rising frustration about the lack of aid. A woman in Bhaktapur, east of Kathmandu, said her community had had no food, medicine or emergency relief. “We want the relief, but our government is not helping us,” she said.

The protesters faced off with police and there were minor scuffles but no arrests were made. One protester says they haven’t received any relief.

“We are hungry, we haven’t had anything to drink. We haven’t been able to sleep. I have a 7-year-old child who is sleeping in the open. It’s getting cold and people are getting pneumonia,” he said.

He accused the government of not doing enough.

Earlier AFP reported that riot police were deployed to the streets of Kathmandu to contain anger among survivors.







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