Ryan Lampasona with a displaced family affected by the recent flooding in Sindhupalchowk, Nepal (Ryan Lampasona/ShelterBox)
Throughout August 2014 Nepal experienced floods and landslides, caused by the annual monsoon rains. One area in particular, Sindhupalchowk, suffered a colossal landslide which blocked the Sunkoshi river, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes and move to higher ground.
ShelterBox response volunteers Sally Buck and Ryan Lampasona have been in the region, assessing need. Sally reflects on hearing the story of 31 year old Sher Bahadur Sharki, a father displaced by the landslide.
‘As an experienced response team member, this is my 15th deployment, I thought I would cope quite well with what can be an emotional roller coaster but hearing Sher talk about his family brought home to me the fragility of life.
‘Many of the people climbed trees and stayed there for over 24 hours before they were rescued. There is very little left of his village, the traumatised families are sleeping in a school, but the authorities are keen to reopen the school to allow some degree of normality to return for the children. ShelterBox
hopes to be able to help his, and other families who have lost everything.’