KARIMNAGAR: The worst fears of the people belonging to the Budaga Jangalu community of Ramakrishna Colony in Timmapur mandal, Karimnagar district, came true Monday with news of the death of a five-month-old girl in the Nepal earthquake, trickling in.
The girl, daughter of one of their community members, died as a make-shift home collapsed on her. Several other community members too were injured in the same incident.
A large number of people from the Ramakrishna Colony and other parts of Karimnagar had migrated to Nepal to eke out a living as fortune tellers or herbal vendors. “Our relatives and several others from the district, who are stranded in Nepal, are facing a hell like situation,’’ Kinnera Ijjagiri and Inukonda Rajaram of Ramakrishna Colony, who are in touch with their community members in Nepal, told Express.
According to the community head and village sarpanch, Kinnera Saraiah, the community members are stranded at Purna Bensir area in Kathmandu. “They are suffering from lack of water and food,” he said.
According to information reaching here, the stranded people from the district managed to reach the Kathmandu airport but the Indian Air Force authorities did not fly them back to the country as they have no proper identity proofs. With this, they took shelter under a small hut. In the tremors that shook parts of Nepal on Monday, the hut collapsed killing five-month-old Turapati Anvika on the spot. About 13 others were also injured.
Saraiah met district collector Neetu Prasad along with the kin of the victims on Monday. She assured them that the government is taking all possible steps to bring them back. When contacted, the collector told Express that information regarding the stranded people of Timmapur and Sultanabad had been communicated as per Aadhaar and EPIC card proofs and efforts are on to bring them back to their native villages.