Hopeless Nepalis Sleep in Open as Monsoon Rains Approach

Carrie Dedrick | Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Hopeless Nepalis Sleep in Open as Monsoon Rains Approach

Tens of thousands of Nepali civilians are sleeping outdoors since the country was struck with two devastating earthquakes that occurred just over two weeks apart. Christian Today reports the Nepali government is struggling to provide shelter for about one million people who lost their homes in the earthquakes. 

The first earthquake, which occurred on April 25, killed over 8,600 people. Nearly one month later, citizens still need shelter and medical supplies. 

The threat of Nepal’s upcoming monsoon season adds more urgency to the situation; the heavy rains are due to arrive in about two weeks. 

A tea shop owner named Phurba Sherpa says he now sleeps under a tarp in Thali with his wife and two other families. They traveled 70 miles from Tatopani to escape landslides that were triggered after the earthquakes. 

"I lost everything – my house, tea house and all that I owned. I am a refugee in my own country now,” Sherpa said. "We don't have any place to go and this is not enough when it starts raining.” 

Publication date: May 19, 2015