Nepali Times

Submerged settlements

Monday, August 17th, 2015
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Following a night of heavy rainfall on Sunday, squatters living in settlements along the Bagmati River were left scrambling to save their belongings as the overflowing river entered and submerged their homes. Photographer Bikram Rai captures early morning moments on Monday, as people living in a squatter-settlement at Shantinagar try to salvage their possessions.

57 year old Bishnu Maya Gurung stands in front of her house that was inundated by the overflowing Bagmati River.

57-year-old Bishnu Maya Gurung stands in front of her house that was inundated by the overflowing Bagmati River.

A woman hurries to her house to retrieve her belongings.

A woman hurries to her house to retrieve her belongings.

Anita Lama carries her one and a half year old son on her back as she tries to salvage the gas stove from her house.

Anita Lama carries her one and a half year old son on her back as she tries to retrieve the gas stove from her house.

A man throws the water collected overnight in his house.

A man throws the water collected overnight in his house.

A little girl plays with the mud from the sludge on the floor of her house.

A little girl plays with the mud from the sludge on the floor of her house.

A girl collects water from the river to wash out the mud collected at her house.

A girl collects water from the river to wash out the mud collected at her house.

60 year old Shanti Lama collects her belongings after the overflowing Bagmati River washed them away.

60-year-old Shanti Lama collects her belongings after the overflowing Bagmati River washed them away.

10 year old Nurzen Sherpa looks after his family's clothes that were left to dry on the back of a tractor.

10-year-old Nurzen Sherpa looks after his family’s clothes that were left to dry on the back of a tractor.

A woman carries her baby to safety at the squatter-settlement.

A woman carries her baby to safety at the squatter-settlement.


 

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