DART's on ground in Nepal
The first phase of the deployment in Nepalis being lead by one of our most experienced DART, Dave Tuzewski (Adelaide, Australia), with the support of one of our newest DARTs, Peter Hazell (Norwich, UK).
Communications and transport in Nepal are still a major issue - we have a brief report from Dave:
Visited 3 of the 5 north eastern villages we had planned. Very rough roads and also delayed by a very inconvenient puncture.
Never the less we identified 3 communities that meet our criteria of being remote, having had little or no aid so far and have been very badly affected by the quakes.
Apps 50 suitable sites were identified as behind available and safe. Many people are prepared to sacrifice their meager agricultural land for shelter and also move their precious livestock. Shelter is very much needed here and with the monsoon not far away time is precious.
The terrain and land use limits where we can safely locate tents. So all sites are spread over a wide and hilly area.
All villages and sites still had electricity, safe drinking water, and basic sanitation. They also have ongoing support from Ashok and rotary.