28 May '12, 11am

News: Gurkhas help Nepalese community after flash floods

A flash flood on the Seti River at the beginning of May caused damage to the local water supply infrastructure including a mains water pipe. This has resulted in a major water shortage problem for the local community. The British Gurkha Camp Pokhara though has its own water supply, so was therefore unaffected by the flood. The soldiers therefore offered to supply water to the local people outside the camp through filling municipal sponsored tankers as well as allowing people to collect water form the taps at the front and rear of the British camp. Up to 350,000 litres of drinking water per day have been offered up free of charge by the Gurkhas, with the local authorities responsible for collection and distribution. Lance Corporal (LCpl) Hira from 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles (1 RGR) said: "The number of people turning up to collect water has been uncountable. They...

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