Relief supplies and cash were handed over to the fire victims of Bhutanese refugee camp Beldangi 14 May. The support was generated by Bhutanese Community in The Netherlands (BCN) through community mobilisation.
BCN said it felt the need to help the victims who lost everything due to fire incident on 29 April amidst the dwindling of supplies due to COVID-19 lockdown in Nepal. BCN said it felt that during such period it is the responsibility of the resettled Bhutanese to extend helping hand.
BCN said it collected €1,154 (equivalent to NRs 150,000 approximately) contributed by 36 community members and friends of Bhutanese in The Netherlands.
The fire victims received cash, rice and blankets. The distribution was managed by Purvi Blue and Beldangi Camp Management Committee. At least five families were affected by the fire.
The families have suspected of external factor in the fire looking at the time fire engulfed the houses – 2:00 in the morning. The fire affected victim said she consciously put off the fire before going to bed.
International relief agencies have stopped providing any material support to the families in the camps.
BCN has expressed gratitude to the donors and community members for their generosity to help their fellow countrymen at the time of crisis.