Victims start rebuilding quake-damaged homes

- PRATAP BISTA, MAKAWANPUR
Victims start rebuilding quake-damaged homes

May 7, 2015-

The quake victims in rural areas of Makawanpur district are constructing houses on their own.

They are now busy making shelter for themselves and making other necessary arrangements rather than just waiting for relief and compensation from the government to arrive.

Uttar Bahadur Gurung of Gogane-2 in the district had started to rebuild his demolished house from Monday. After not getting a single tent from the government, he had been living with his 14-member family in a temporary shelter.

“As we cannot build house and other structures during the monsoon season, which is arriving soon, we have started to rebuild our house,” said Gurung, adding that eight members of his family got busy in rebuilding their demolished house five days after the Great Quake.

Likewise, Hari Kumar Bista, Narayan Bista and Bhim Bahadur Thing of Gogane VDC have also started to rebuild their houses. Similarly, the quake victims of Namatar, Aghore and Tistung Basanta VDCs have started to build shelter for themselves.

VDC secretary of Gogane, Rajendra Shrestha, said the locals are not yet assured about getting tents and other relief materials from the government anytime soon, while even the tents that have been provided to some families in the village are not fit for the rainy season.

“Three hundred and thirty one houses were completely damaged while 584 more developed cracks in the recent earthquake and subsequent aftershocks,” said Shrestha. Around 1,105 households reside in Gogane VDC.

As of Tuesday this week, only 160 tents have been provided to quake victims in Gogane. “Thirteen schools operating in Gogane were also badly damaged by the earthquake,” said Shrestha, adding that the classes cannot be conducted in these schools until the buildings are reconstructed. Even the health post has been damaged beyond repair due to the quake.

Published: 08-05-2015 09:15

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