Sinkholes displace many in Jumleti


Jul 27, 2014-

A recent returnee from a Gulf country, Janak Karki of Jumleti, recently managed to build a concrete house with his hard earned money. But his recently completed house has been exposed to a sinkhole that is advancing towards his place from the southern side of the village.

“The entire money I earned abroad seems to have gone to waste. We are likely to be displaced as the house is at risk of being collapsed,” said Karki. According to him, he spent Rs 2.2 million to construct the house.

No different are the woes of Karki’s neighbour Radhika Poudel, who has already been displaced by the disaster. Her family is taking shelter at Karki’s after eight sinkholes were formed near her house. “The house where I am currently staying is also at risk and I have nowhere else to go,” she said, adding that she had to leave her five-room house and eight ropanis of farmland due to the sinkholes.

Nine other houses in the area are at risk of being damaged, forcing families to take shelter elsewhere. Some of them have already left the houses. Eighty nine families have been displaced by sinkholes since they first appeared in November last year, according to the Natural Disaster Concerned and Construction Support Committee.

Published: 28-07-2014 09:10

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