Driven into poverty by lockdown, a family makes cave its home
October 8, 2020 02:05 PM NPT
TANAHU, Oct 8: A family in Tanahu district has been compelled to live in a cave due to poverty.
Manbir Gurung, his wife Udashiya, son Ganesh and a daughter Puja are compelled to live in the cave. They said that they are staying in a cave as they had to leave the rented room after failing to manage to pay the rent.
The family of Manbir has been living in the cave located at Vyas Municipality-2 since Thursday. Daily wager Manbir said that they have been facing the problem as they were rendered jobless due to the lockdown imposed to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.
Udashiya expressed her pain that they had to leave their rented room as they failed to manage the rent since they lacked income. The family of Manbir had a rented room in the house of a local Moti Kumar Joshi.
They have been facing more problems managing two square meals a day as a family member is physically disabled, said Chairperson of Pulchowk Tole Development Organization, Karna Bahadur Khadka.
The family has been surviving on the food provided by locals. Locals said that the family living in the cave should be rescued. Dr HB Chhetri of Pulchowk said that the government should rescue the poor family.
Manbir's son Ganesh is physically disabled and initiative has been taken to provide a disabled identity card to him, according to the Organization.