Over 1,000 new mothers living under tarpaulins as Jajarkot continues to suffer wrath of earthquake

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New mothers have had to spend most of their time on the ground in Khalanga as they complain relief distribution has not been fair. Photo: Chandra Bahadur Ale

Jajarkot, November 28

Over a thousand new mothers in Jajarkot are forced to live under tarpaulins following the November 3 earthquake.

According to the district officials, new mothers, senior citizens and children have been severely affected by having to live in the makeshift shelter in the cold.

The District Health Service Office says Bheri Municipality is one place that has affected these people the most with a total of 674 pregnant women, 282 new mothers, 4,115 children under five, 2,836 senior citizens, 1,065 chronic patients, and 408 physically challenged individuals encountering health challenges and other difficulties.

In Kushe Rural Municipality, 515 pregnant women and 230 new mothers are currently residing under tarps, while 920 senior citizens, 277 chronic patients, and 88 physically challenged individuals in the area are also grappling with the consequences of the earthquake.

Harish Chandra Sharma, the Administrative Officer at Jajarkot District Administration Office, has reported that there is a pressing need for increased care and protection for 86 pregnant women, 66 new mothers, 204 senior citizens, 15 chronic patients, and nine physically challenged individuals in the area.

Authorities have indicated that the repercussions of the earthquake have disproportionately affected 331 pregnant women and 374 new mothers in Nalgadh Municipality. Additionally, in Barekot Rural Municipality, the figures stand at 181 pregnant women and 75 new mothers who are facing increased challenges due to the seismic event.

Government officials report that 12,404 children are grappling with the aftermath of the earthquake, while 1,873 pregnant women and 1,076 new mothers find themselves living under temporary tarpaulin shelters. However, the district disaster management committee indicates that a complete overview of the damages is yet to be compiled.

Local leaders have requested more time, explaining difficulties in data collection due to scattered residential areas and challenging geographical terrain.

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