Safe shelters to be built across country

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

May 22, 2015-

Considering the need for emergency safe shelters to accommodate general people as well as victims in the event of a major disaster such as earthquakes, the government has come up with plans to construct a community building or shelter in each of the 240 constituencies across the country.

With technical support from the District Technical Offices in each constituency and financial support from the District Natural Disaster Rescue Fund set up in each district, the government plans to build community shelters that could accommodate between 100 and 150 people in each constituency across the country during times of disaster.

According to officials at the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MoFALD), taking the initiative to construct community shelters in all 240 constituencies across the country is under the government’s working procedure for distribution of relief materials and building temporary shelters for earthquake victims.

The government is also planning to use these community shelters for emergency rescue and recovery efforts as well as temporary offices from where government agencies whose offices have been destroyed in the earthquake can provide their services to the people.

“After serving their initial purpose, these community shelters would later be handed over to the local communities to be used as emergency rescue centre for any future disaster,” said Amardip Sunuwar, a section officer at MoFALD.

Published: 23-05-2015 09:04

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