Yesterday (12/05), we went for a relief package distribution to Palathi village (near Chinese border) in Sindhupalchok district. We picked the relief materials like blankets, tarpaulins, biscuits/cookies from our storage point at Barahbisse and reached Palathi village ground, which is an open area with loose soil flanked by mud hill, at around 12:30 pm. We were pleasantly surprised to see local Member of Constituent Assembly, Mr. Mohan Bahadur Basnet also present at the venue to help with the distribution process. Distribution process was started and going on fine.
THEN THE EARTH STARTED SHAKING
At 12:56, while we were busy distributing the relief material and talking to the local villagers to understand the current situation Earth shook violently with a damning sound. We could see the earth splitting with fissures appearing on the loose soil. There was considerable hue and cry as many of them were reliving 04/25 all over gain but we along with the whole village who had come to collect the relief materials, were very lucky to survive as we were on an open ground. There were a couple of people who were standing on the edge of the overlooking hill who slipped due to the triggered landslide but were rescued with minimal injuries due to prompt response of CDRT team from US who along with our volunteers pulled the people out and saved their lives, bringing smiles all across.
This was quite a horrific experience for everyone as we were reminded again of the nature's fury and our precarious position confronting it.
At the time of writing, we are still having aftershocks and we slept by saying prayers as we don't think there's anything else that can ensure safety of lives of the people here. Thanks all for your support and prayers to ensure the safety of the Nepalese people and volunteers here.