Nepalis in Dubai live in suspense after earthquake

Sajila Saseendran Senior Reporter
Filed on April 29, 2015
Nepalis in Dubai live in suspense after earthquake

Showing pictures of destruction, they said they hardly have any news about what has happened in their areas and what rescue efforts are taking place.

Dubai — A group of Nepali  housemaids in Dubai, many of whom have lost their family members in the earthquake, has sent out plea for rescue and relief in their villages in the far-flung mountain ranges of Nepal’s border with China.

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Maya Tamang from village Bothang (Chumdi) Nepal showing an image of her village hit by the quake, during the gathering near Al Ghubaiba bus station in Dubai. —KT photo by Juidin Bernarrd 

Around 30 domestic helps, including a couple of men, working in different parts of Dubai grouped together on Monday to console each other and request the media to highlight the need for saving those who survived the nature’s fury.

The women hail from Thanpalkot, Baruwa and Bothang areas in Sindhupalchow district that witnessed a massive landslide following the earthquake, destroying all of their homes made of mud and stone.

Showing pictures of destruction, they said they hardly have any news about what has happened in their areas and what rescue efforts are taking place. They urged their government to take immediate measures to rescue the injured and offer them shelter, food, medicines and other emergency relief materials.

Lamu Tamang alias Anju had two sleepless nights without any information about her family. On Monday, she managed to get connected to her brother-in-law over phone, only to receive the worst news.

“I have lost four people in my family ... my mummy, sister, brother and sister’s 13-year-old daughter,” she told Khaleej Times with voice choking with grief.

Anju’s 11-year-old daughter, father, who is old, two sisters with toddlers and brothers-in-law have survived with injuries. “My daddy’s leg is badly injured, all of them are injured, but there is nobody to take care of them.”

She said the survivors had moved away towards the forest to escape from the crumbled buildings. “They don’t have any food and drinking water. It’s raining very heavily over there. They are all hungry. If they don’t get any aid quickly, I’m afraid they will all die of hunger and diseases.”

She said dead bodies have not been removed from the rubble of many buildings, raising concerns of survivors catching severe diseases.

“We are so far away. We just can’t fly in to help them. We are so helpless. We need immediate help for them.”

Anju said she felt some sort of relief after meeting the other women who are going through the same situation. “All of us have lost family members, relatives or friends. We just want to help save the remaining ones. We heard of helicopters going to rescue, but my brother-in-law said none has reached our place.”

Bharti Waiva, whose family is now living in a tent, said they also have nothing to eat and drink. “People and animals have died and their bodies are lying around. People are falling sick.”

Waiva said some women hardly had any information about their people back home. “No media is reporting about what has happened to people in our areas. We need information about them and help for them.”

The women were consoling each other and discussing how to go forward. They said they were trying to pool money among themselves and would also seek the help of their employers to support the injured relatives.

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