18 Aug A story of monsoon survival – but crops destroyed
The 2022 monsoon season caused widespread devastation in Nepal.
More than 200 people died as a result of monsoon, most of whom perished in landslides. Thousands of families had their homes or livelihoods damaged.
Sunita* (pictured above) feared for her grandchildren when a landslide hit their village in Gorkha:
“I was getting ready to make dinner for the family. The kids were outside the house playing and their parents were in the field.
“Suddenly, we heard a huge sound and our house was trapped in the landslide from both sides. I was terrified and froze there. When I came to my senses, the green corn and paddy field had turned into muddy rubble.
“I was so helpless. Some neighbours came to rescue me but it was getting dark and the whole village was in chaos. Hours later, I found my grandchildren and others too. I was so relieved.
“We don’t know what we are going to do about the crops. It was time to harvest corn and plant the paddy. We had lost potato too in the frost during winter as we had huge snowfall this year.”
Our partners respond in times of need. Asal Chhimekee Nepal (ACN), the social action arm of the Pokhara Christian Community, takes a lead helping people recover from monsoon-related natural disasters, often in partnership with networks of local churches in districts across Nepal.
*Name changed to respect privacy.