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The 7.9 Quake: ground report

Rumble That Shakes The Cane

Along the border, they deal with their quake-rattled lives with fear, devotion and grit

Rumble That Shakes The Cane
Dola Mitra
Rumble That Shakes The Cane
outlookindia.com
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At Nepal’s Sirsia village, 100 km south of Kathmandu, three-year-old Erika Thapa can’t wait to get inside her house. “She hasn’t played with her dolls since we left home after the earthquake and she is really worried about their safety,” laughs her grandfather Dipak Thapa. The 56-year-old, who runs a grocery shop in the village close to the India-Nepal border at Bihar’s Raxaul, had moved his family out and spent the last six days with relatives in India. “But how long can we continue to be afraid?” He asks. “Today we have returned. I must reopen my store,” he says as his granddaughter rushes to the door and shakes the lock impatiently.

In the villages and towns stretching along the India-Nepal border, the focus, a week after the earthquake, is on “getting back to normal”. And just as all were helpless before what locals term “the wrath of nature”, many recovery plans are afoot.

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