Santaman Tamang's grievous tale
"I arrived in Kathmandu with empty eyes. I didn't know what to do. After a long struggle against broken roads and landslides, I found my kids and wife in an open field where they were seeking refuge. They cried when they saw me but I had no tears left to shed. I was tired of pulling out dead bodies from broken houses, and rescuing the injured by helicopter. I lost everything in my region, About 95 % of all houses in remote area's were made of mud, stone and wood and had completely collapsed. Moreover, there was no water, electricity, food and shelter to protect them. Secondary facilities like phone lines and internet had also taken a hit.
It is becoming increasingly hard to help the survivors and take care of the injured. More than 10-15% of the population from my area has been killed in this earthquake. We are struggling to rebuild the villages. Amidst all the chaos, I lost my father, other relatives and, friends. Luckily for me and two of my friends, we were saved by three seconds but the rest still remain buried in the debris. We are helpless and still struggling to find sufficient means of survival."
*Our contact in Nepal, Renu Sharma is sending us these stories from ground zero.