Nepal’s Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has been visiting the injured after Saturday’s earthquake…but his popularity is lower than ever. He’s being blamed for the government’s perceived weak response
Anger in Nepal after “weak” response to deadly quake
Nepal’s Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has been visiting the injured after Saturday’s earthquake…but his popularity is lower than ever.
He’s being blamed for the government’s perceived weak response to the crisis.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) KATHMANDU RESIDENT, BANDAR RAZAL, SAYING (SOUNDBITE CONTINUES TO SHOT 16):
“He come, just looking and runaway because we are looking for talk, to something to him, he doesn’t give us and he runaway. He’s not good. He didn’t like, Nepali people don’t like this prime minister, we need to change right now, prime minister, we need to kick out.”
And the anger is growing.
With more than 5,000 now known to have died… survivors like those in this village on the outskirts of the capital Kathmandu are doing what they can without any government help.
SOUNDBITE) (Nepali) EARTHQUAKE SURVIVOR, RAM BHAKTA MAHARJAN, SAYING:
“We want the government and the political parties to get together to provide us help. There is so much help coming from outside – they should not hoard that and should give that to us.”
But as each day passes, life after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake worsens.
And the death toll is likely to climb as well.
With information yet to come in from many rural areas, officials say the final number could be as many as 10,000.