The frame of their house shook and bent under the force of the earthquake. The rock walls fell away. But the roof didn’t collapse. Bhuban and Fhul got out alive. But their once-sturdy home became a precarious leaning pile of rubble and wood.
“My house is 10 years old. I hired local masons to build it,” Bhuban says. “I’d build it back just the same, if I had the money. If our house is not put back, we will feel deep grief.”
Bhuban and Fhul now sleep in a tarpaulin shelter next to the rack where they store wood for the cook fire and fodder for goats and buffaloes. The shelter is protected on one side by a steep hillside.
Yet they are glad to be home after camping for days by the school under a tarp with their neighbors.
Without the comfort and security of their home, Bhuban and Fhul worry now about the rainy season. It’s time to cultivate their maize, which is nearly a foot high and needs attention.
“Now our need is for better shelter," Bhuban says. "The rain is coming.”