22 Gorkha settlements need relocation: DDRC

- SUDIP KAINI, Gorkha

May 19, 2015-

The District Disaster Relief Committee (DDRC) has recommended the relocation of 22 high-risk settlements in 11 VDCs of Gorkha, the epicentre of the magnitude 7.9 earthquake.

A meeting of the DDRC on Tuesday decided to evacuate the settlements as they have been ravaged by landslides triggered by the quake.

“Based on the preliminary study of the damage and field inspection, the relocation process should be initiated before the rainy season,” the DDRC decided. Committees led by lawmakers have been formed for the implementation of the plan.

DDRC coordinator Uddhav Timilsina said that 2,214 households of 11 VDCs including Barpak, Laprak, Simjung, Kerauja, Gumda, Lapu, Sirdibas, Manbu, Saurpani need relocation.

Local Development Officer Premraj Giri said an appropriate location for resettlement would be looked for within the district. They could also urge the government to find a suitable area outside in case it was not found within the district.

The DDRC would also construct community buildings in the Gorkha district headquarters, Chorkate and Arughat for mass resettlement. The quakes killed 440 people in the district while 24 are still missing.

 

Published: 20-05-2015 07:48

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