Uneven relief due to lack of coordination: NHRC

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

May 7, 2015-

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has said that the distribution of relief materials has been uneven owing to the lack of coordination among state bodies, political parties and civil society.

After monitoring three districts—Sindhupalchok, Dolakha and Kavre--a monitoring team led by Commissioner Prakash Wosti concluded that the inhabitants living near roads have received more relief materials than those living further away.

The NHRC has also found that the distribution of relief material has concentrated in a few places, while other areas have not received anything.  “The presence of a huge number of officials and monitoring teams has perceptibly hampered the operation,” the NHRC stated.

During the field visits, the commission also received complaints that only those people having houses of their own received relief materials, while those living in rented rooms were not provided for.

The national rights watchdog has asked the government to take preventive measures to pre-empt the possible outbreak of disease given a large numbers of animal carcasses still remain buried under debris. The rights body is also worried about the impending monsoon, which could worsen the condition of the roads and hills that have suffered cracks.

The commission has found a dearth of tarpaulins and tents in the affected areas and recommended that the government make alternatives available--such as zinc sheets and locally sourced construction materials--for housing the victims.

A team led by Commissioner Sudip Pathak reached Barpak in Gorkha, while Commissioner Govinda Sharma Paudel will be leading a team to Ramechhap, Okhaldhunga and Solukhumbu.

Published: 08-05-2015 09:19

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