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    Posted May 2, 2015 by
    Kathmandu, Nepal
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    Earthquake in Nepal

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    VIDEO: Complete devastation in remote mountain villages in Nepal


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     kimpozniak's colleague Jake Lyell, of Catholic Relief Services shot video on Wednesday in Kathmandu, Nepal of the devastation from the quake several days earlier. She stayed there for a day assessing the most urgent needs.
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    Elizabeth Tromans, emergency response coordinator for Catholic Relief Services, is in Nepal to assist the emergency response in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake that struck on April 25.

    In Kavre district, Nepal, the epicenter of the 6.8 magnitude aftershock that struck the day after the initial earthquake, people are still sleeping outside.  I hiked for nearly an hour to reach a village that was very hard hit.  I found there were only six families living there and all the homes were destroyed. Walls were precariously leaning as the houses hadn’t fully collapsed yet.

    At great risk of being crushed under the rubble, the families had pulled a bamboo cot from of one of the houses into the open. All of them are now sleeping on or around that cot and there is nothing to cover their heads.  Even as I reached, it was drizzling.  Heavy rains, winds and cold temperatures in the last few days have made conditions for those now living outside even worse.

    The grandfather of the youngest child, Patel Khet, pointed to his 87-year-old father laying on the cot, and explained that he is very ill.  They explained that they have food for the next few weeks which they managed to save from their house, but that nearly everything else was lost. 

    Water is also a problem.  They brought me a glass of water from a nearby spring; it was muddy-brown from the landslides higher up that have now contaminated people’s only water sources.  This problem will clear up over time but in the meantime, families here have to walk to another water source about five miles away. 

    I asked the grandfather what his plans are for the next several weeks and how he might start to rebuild the homes of his family.  He buried his face in his hands in tears and couldn’t answer the question. 

    This village was only a one hour hike from the main road, but small villages like this that have been flattened are scattered all through the mountains which is making it extremely challenging to deliver aid.

    CRS staff are working to assemble emergency shelter kits, containing tarps and tools, as well as hygiene and sanitation supplies for at least 75,000 people living in remote, hard to access areas like these.

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