Water for drinking and irrigational purpose is an urgent need of the people, especially women in Nepal. Kamala Tripati from Koshidekha village said, “Give us water, for drinking and for our fields, we shall survive.” It’s a regular sight to see women and young girls with pots and containers walk miles to fetch drinking water. Women spend much of their time collecting water during the day. Not only the people but the animals are also suffering.
The earthquake affected the course of the underground water. Having no rain for a long period of time, many of the natural water sources are rapidly drying up. People are not able to plant anything on their fields. Many of them lived through a year with relief materials. They completely depend on cultivation for their livelihood and survival. For cultivation, people depend on rain water. At the foot hills of the Himalayas, natural sources of water was in abundance. Many of them own small plots of land which they use for terrace cultivation. If they cannot cultivate on time, the situation of the people would be grave.
A large percent of the population in Nepal, especially able bodied men, migrate to cities and other neighboring countries for work. After the earthquake, women and children are also migrating on a large scale.