When extraordinary monsoon rains hit Nepal earlier this year, many communities across the country suffered from landslides, loss of infrastructure and rising floodwater.
ShelterBox has been working tirelessly since the floods first struck to reach isolated communities despite the country’s challenging terrain and damage to roads and bridges.
This week, the latest ShelterBox team of Richard Innes (UK) and Richard Loat (CAN), successfully delivered 31 boxes and 3 SchoolBoxes to Sindhupalchowk, a village situated around 20 miles from the Chinese border.
Here, the constant downpour caused an entire mountainside to collapse, burying the village and blocking the local Sun Koshi River in the process. What remained of the village was then submerged as the blocked river flooded the immediate area, leaving only rooftop antennas visible.
Resident Sarita Eanang was working in another city when the mountainside collapsed, while her husband was labouring near the Chinese border. She returned to find that their three children, her parents and in-laws had died in the landslide, and that the road to the Chinese border, and her husband, had been completely blocked.
Now reunited with her husband, Sarita carries a red card, which has been issued by the Nepalese government to those affected by the disaster to show that they have lost family and are without a place to stay.
Along with her red card, Sarita and her husband now also have a green ShelterBox. She told the team that after having lost everything they owned, the ShelterBox represents a new start for her and her husband.
Living alongside other families that have lost their homes and received ShelterBox tents, the resilient people of Sindhupalchowk are holding their heads high.
As they grieve and start to rebuild not just their village, but their entire community and way of life along the Sun Koshi River, green boxes and white tents temporarily dot the riverside during their transition back to normalcy.
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