BHARAT KOIRALA/RISHI BARAL
KHARAPANI: Shanti Gurung (31) is roaming Kharapani area on the banks of the Seti in search of the body of her husband, Indra Bahadur Gurung, who has been missing since Saturday, the day the river burst its banks.
Shanti, who has not eaten anything for days, says she has lost hope of finding her husband alive. “I would console myself even if I could find his body.”Her ten-year-old son Santosh, injured in the flood, is in hospital. “I have heard that government is distributing relief but I have yet to receive anything to make my ends meet,” added Shanti.
Shanti’s family is one of the many families that have lost their bread winner in the flood. As the body of many missing since the disaster are yet to be found, their keen are having a hard time making their ends meet. The government only provides relief after seeing the dead body, they say.
Shanti’s husband and father Kedar had gone to the river early in the morning for work. Ten-year-old Santosh had followed them. “My husband threw my son out of the floodwater. But, he could not escape,” Shanti recalled. Flood swept away her father Kedar as well.
Similar is the story of Fulmaya Tamang, who has performing the final rites of her husband Mandhowj Tamang. He has also been missing. “I performed the final rites after losing hope that we’ll be able to recover his body,” said Tamang.
“I am having a tough time as the government does not provide relief unless the body is recovered. I call on the Red Cross or any other organisation to provide me some food,” Shanti pleaded.