Vatican City’s non-residential ambassador to Nepal Salvatore Pennacchio calls on Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and discusses on relief operation, rehabilitation and reconstruction following the massive earthquake of April 25 May 12.
Ambassador handed over condolence and sympathy message of Pope to Prime Minister Koirala and Nepali people who lost life and property by the Earthquakes.
According to Prime Minister Koirala’s Press coordinator Prakash Adhikary, Prime Minister Koirala briefed ambassador about the ongoing operation and reconstruction campaigns.
These areas also have little space for roads, so are likely to be cut off with overland access taking days (to weeks). As earthquake has already shaken the mountains, the flood and landslide will likely to wipe out number of villages in coming days.
“The greatest need right now is shelter, because within a month, the monsoon rains will start…that is going to change the situation totally,” director of Caritas Nepal, Father Pius Perumana, said.
“All these hills which are shaken, when the rain starts coming there are going to be a lot more landslides. Even in normal conditions we have massive landslides every monsoon, and with the entire hilly region shaken, it is going to be terrible,” he said.
Fr. Perumana was in Rome for the charity organization’s annual international general assembly May 12-17. He spoke with CNA the day after his country was hit by their third massive earthquake in less than two weeks.
On April 25, a quake that measured 7.9 on the Richter scale ripped through Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, killing more than 8,000 people.
“We saw right in front of our eyes, the houses shaking and crumbling, people crying for help and running in all directions…I myself felt helpless, I didn’t really know what to do,” Fr. Perumana said.