Banke flood victims await resettlement

- THAKUR SINGH THARU, Banke
Banke flood victims await resettlement

Mar 14, 2015-

People displaced by last year’s floods in the district have blamed the government for the delay in their rehabilitation.

The flood victims are now living in temporary camps built at various places in the district and are worried that they may not be relocated before the rainy season this year if the government does not expedite the relocation process. They said the government’s tendency to form a committee at the last hour and failure to implement its report has hindered the rehabilitation efforts.

“The rainy season is just a couple of months away but the government is yet to start the rehabilitation process,” said Angoon Radh who was displaced by the Rapti floods.

A report submitted by a technical team formed to rehabilitate the victims has proposed immediate relocation of the 929 flood-hit families from Kachanapur 6, 8, and 9, Holiya 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 and Maganta Basti near Maankhola in Gurdiyalpur. The team has proposed that the open spaces in Jhora and Hajrat community forests can be used as possible relocation sites. The report has also stressed on the need to relocate around 6,000 households in the second phase.

“We have completed our work and now it’s up to the higher authorities,” said Homnath Sapkota, coordinator of the technical team and engineer at the Department of Urban Development & Building Construction office in the district. According to the team, the flood displaced could not return to their homes in flood-hit areas as those places have become virtually uninhabitable.

Meanwhile, the victims accused the government of providing false assurances. “They promise us land and new houses. But they never do so and only provide us with little compensation,” Safari Bahun of Tepari said.

Chief District Officer Bed Prakash Lekhak, however, said the local administration has already informed the higher authorities of the condition of flood victims. “The rehabilitation work can be initiated only after the decision of the concerned ministry. We will start working immediately after receiving directive from the ministry,” he said.

 

Published: 15-03-2015 08:40

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