Category: Nepal


Click here to listen to the interview on the BBC News Website

BBC World Service interviewed RMF Nepal Program Program Coordinator, Barsha Dharel on April 24, 2016. Please follow the link above to listen to the interview. The Barsha Dharel interview, conducted by David Deng, starts around 46:20 mark. Below is a transcript of the interview.

David Deng: The devastating earthquake that shook Nepal last year has come and gone, but the aftershock is far from over. Twelve months on, the destruction that overtook the nation has left thousands desperate to find…

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After a stalemate of 8 long years, the first ever constitution written by people’s representatives was promulgated on 20th September 2015 in Nepal. The country, however, remained divided, especially on few contentious issues on social inclusion and federal demarcation.

Madhesi (indigenous group based predominantly in the Terai Plains region in Nepal) and Tharu (ethnic group indigenous to Terai) parties opposed the new constitution stating that it curtailed the rights of Madhesis, Tharus, Dalits (so-called-untouchables), Janajatis (indigenous groups) and other marginalised communities. This led to violent protests and political unrest, leading to the deaths of more than 40 protestors,…

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What we know

RMF operations centered in Kathmandu but working quickly to set up outreach efforts to outlying areas and villages; the population in rural areas are completely cut off. While some agencies are on the ground as well as government teams from China, Butan, India and Israel, there is still an overwhelming need for emergency help and supplies Ground transportation is extremely limited, there is even difficulty for motorcycles to pass due to ongoing avalanches, challenging terrain, and pre-existing road conditions The airport is open and operational in Kathmandu Thousands are without shelter Electricity and water infrastructure…
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Most affected areas are Gorkha, Lamjung and Sindhupalchok as well as Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur Districts. Latest government figures on total causalities is 1,900 with more than 5,000 injured. This is expected to increase. The Government of Nepal has officially requested international assistance. In support of national efforts, international search and rescue teams have begun to arrive into Kathmandu. Total affected population not yet determined but 30 of 75 districts are reported to be affected. According to 2011 Census data, total population for affected districts is….. Projections on numbers of affected are being developed.


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