Victims demand long-term plan to avoid further loss

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- KAMAL PANTHI, GULARIYA

Sep 24, 2014-

The flood victims of the Babai river have demanded that the government come up with a long-term strategy to prevent further loss of human lives and property in the future. They have also demanded implementation of the detailed survey conducted by Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) 15 years ago for river control from Parewaodar located at the lower bank of Babai river to the Nepal-India border.

Likewise, the victims have also submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister via Chief District Officer (CDO) Tej Prasad Poudel demanding construction of two halls or safe houses located six feet high for the people and livestock in case of floods in high risk VDCs.

The memorandum signed by hundreds of flood victims under the leadership of Chairperson Dinesh Prasad Shrestha of Radhakrishna Public Service Centre also stresses on the construction of embankments, spurs, gabion walls, and flood gates to control the water flow. Likewise, the victims have demanded that the government conduct programmes to help enable locals to combat the floods in coming years, one boat for each village, 10 life-jackets, and a motor-boat. Similarly, the victims have demanded prompt repair and reconstruction of roads and bridges damaged by the floods and compensation amounting Rs 500,000 to 1 million to the families of the victims who were resettled by the government near the river banks.

Similarly, the memorandum also demands that the flood victims be relieved from paying land revenue, house tax along with free repair and installation of electricity metres in their houses.

Likewise, chairperson Madan Khatri of the association of the landless has demanded that the government provide seeds, manure, and fertilizers to farmers immediately.

The flood victims had organised a rally and submitted the memorandum to the CDO with demands including “immediate, near-future, and long term solutions” to their problems.  

The floods on Aug 14-15 had inundated 90 percent of the land in the district. While 20 people who were swept away by the floods have already been identified, 14 people still remain missing.

 

Published: 25-09-2014 09:21

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