Cycling home from Namobuddha last weekend the heavens opened as I started the hour and a half climb up to the pass. It had rained a lot for a couple of days but now it just poured down. After sheltering for half an hour I realised it wasn’t going to stop and pressed on, thankful that Nepali rain is warmer than British rain. Much of the dirt road had become a stream and in two places I had to ford rivers that had materialised in the last 24 hours. I saw a motorcyclist get on to his bike after answering a call of nature and a second after he left a landslide came over the spot he had been standing.
Kathmandu is in the hilly area of Nepal and so most of this rain disperses and joins the rivers that flow from the Himalayas south towards India. In the south, plain lands that run east to west across the length of Nepal bear the brunt of this kind of weather and you have probably seen on the news pictures of terrible flooding.
The Baptist Church in the east and our friend Bharat (whom I wrote about previously) in the west have been working with churches to provide food and shelter for those in need. Over 100 people have died in floods and landslides. More than 100,000 are affected. Some have lost homes and many families’ food stocks as well as this year’s rice harvest have been destroyed. The price of vegetables in Kathmandu has been shooting up as it becomes clear that many crops are lost and transport is difficult.
From a more developed country’s perspective it is hard to appreciate how vulnerable poor people’s lives are here. There is no insurance. Many labourers are payed on a daily basis, if you work you get paid if you don’t because all the fields you work in are under water then you receive nothing. And a daily wage may be under $2. Such people have big immediate needs but more than that they will need long term help.
This blog isn’t written to solicit funds but because many of you pray regularly for Nepal. However if you would like to give then one way of doing so is through the BMS Relief Fund. You can find info here: https://www.bmsworldmission.org/appeal/disaster-recovery/
They are already involved in the recovery work.