Print Edition - 2014-09-15 | Nation
Flood displaced occupy school land, building
Sep 14, 2014-
Around 85 families of Tepari in Holiya VDC-5, who were displaced by the devastating floods of August 14 but are yet to be rehabilitated by the government, have taken refuge on the land belonging to Narendra Primary School at Chhitaipurwa.
They have warned that they will not vacate the school’s land where they have started to build makeshift huts until the government rehabilitates them. As a result, classes at the school have been adversely affected, said the school administration.
School authorities said that some flood victims have also started living in the school building.
“We are taking shelter in the school premises as we are left with no options. We will not be able to vacate the school building and premises until the government rehabilitates us as promised,” said Munni Devi Murau, a flood victim.
“The government should rehabilitate us at the earliest as we have nowhere else to go since our homes were destroyed by the floods,” said another flood victim Ramrati Maurya. The victims said that they were compelled to take refuge in the school’s land after they were forcibly
evicted from the land belonging to Hajarat Community Forest where they had been living earlier.
Principal Binod Barma said that they have only allowed the flood victims to set up makeshift homes on the school’s land for the time being.
“We have given them refuge out of our sympathy to the flood victims. But we are having a hard time running classes as the school’s building and premises have been occupied,” he said.
Although the District Administration Office had taken the initiative to provide people of flood-prone Tepari area with land as part of its efforts to rehabilitate them permanently, the noble plan is yet to be implemented.
Published: 15-09-2014 09:23