Srikrishna Khatri’s knickknack shop is among the few buildings still standing in this quake-hit Nepali town, but it’s only now after a week that he is back in the store to empty it out.
“The biscuits and toffee jars are fine. The notebooks are wet, we will dry them later,” the 40-year-old man tells his two sons who help him clear out the goods. The men then truck the stuff to a safer place.
In the other end of town, people step back gingerly into their damaged homes, almost a week after an earthquake shattered Nepal, killing more than 5,000 people and rendering millions homeless.
Across Nepal, even those whose homes and shops had been spared or marginally damaged spent days and nights in the open, too scared to go back in because of constant aftershocks and rumours swirling on mobile phone texts of a bigger quake.
But with both the aftershocks and rumours subsiding now, these fearful people are beginning to go back in to their damaged homes and shops to salvage their belongings and pick up piece of many a broken dream.
Driving through some of Nepal’s worst affected earthquake zones throws up a vista of muddy debris and ruined houses as well as of people loading furniture, clothes and household goods on trucks and of families emptying out their shops.
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