Nepal earthquake survivors face winter’s cold

Aid efforts remain slow as local villagers brace for freezing conditions nine months after devastating earthquake.

It has been nine months since a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal, killing at least 8,000 people and displacing hundreds of thousands of families.

Now Nepal’s government is facing a new challenge – preparing disaster survivors for winter’s cold weather.

The government has started distributing $100 to families to buy warm clothes, but local villagers say the amount is only enough to meet their short-term food needs.

In Sindhupalchowk district, one of the worst-hit areas in the earthquake, six people have died so far this winter.

According to Gokarna Mani Duwad, Sindhupalchowk district’s chief officer, the reconstruction of houses has also been going slow.

“The earthquake was in April. The reconstruction authority has only been established now,” Duwad said.

Al Jazeera’s Subina Shrestha reports from Jamune village in Sindhupalchowk district.

Source: Al Jazeera