Developing Nepali Midlands
Nepal’s population is expanding rapidly, and there is an ever-increasing demand for electricity, fuel for cooking, transportation between towns, and building materials. After coring a series of lakes in midwestern Nepal, we stopped at a river valley town in the midlands (between the Himalaya and the Terai) on our way to the next study site. Here is a panorama of the view of the river valley behind our hotel/inn along the road leading back to the Terai and main highway. Since there is no government-run trash pickup service, waste is dumped and burned (see bottom left and right corners of panorama). There is also no water works system, so drinking water must be walked or trucked home, then pumped or hauled up to containers on top of each individual building. Waste water is flushed out of pipes behind the building. The half-finished (or half-destroyed) look of this scene full of skeletal buildings and piles of rubble caught my eye.