Build houses or wait for tech teams to arrive, ask victims

- RAJENDRA MANANDHAR, Dolakha
Build houses or wait for tech teams to arrive, ask victims

Jun 5, 2015-

Quake victims of Jiri-3 in Dolakha district are worried about demolishing their house damaged by the trembler as the government technical teams have not reached their settlement to inspect them yet.

Yatan Basnet, a headmaster of Suryodaya Primary School, is currently in dilemma to construct a new house by demolishing his quake-damaged house.

“We are yet to construct a new house even though we are in urgent need to shift from the temporary shelter where we are residing after the earthquake to a place we can call home. This is because government technicians are yet to come to our quake affected village for inspection and provide us with guidelines on how to go about constructing new houses,” Basnet said.

As relief materials including tents and tarpaulins provided by the government and other aid agencies have not reached their settlement in sufficient quantity, the earthquake victims here have constructed temporary shelters on their own. Majority of people here have used the galvanised zinc sheets, woods and other materials salvaged from their destroyed house to construct the temporary shelters where they are currently residing.

Meanwhile, Chief District Officer Premlal Lamichanne said earthquake affected people should not be in any kind of dilemma to use the materials from their demolished houses to build temporary shelters for them to live.

“The villagers should not think that salvaging material from their damaged and demolished houses will affect the assessment yet to be made by technicians sent by the government to inspect the earthquake affected areas. They should rest assured that the inspection team can make assessment report from the partially destroyed houses and infrastructures too,” Lamichanne said.

Similarly, Chief of District Development Committee Resham Lal Kandel said the District Disaster Development Committee is going to mobilise a five-member team of technicians to inspect the situation in 48 quake affected VDCs in the district.

On the other hand,  locals blame that technical teams also have been very passive in Bhimeshor Municipality while earthquake victims in Charighyang area say they are tensed as government has not shown the initiative in clearing up the rubble of demolished and cracked houses. Suresh Raut, an engineer at Bhimeshor Municipality, said they have no special equipments or technical know-how to demolish tall buildings that have been badly damaged by the earthquake, something that has made them appear indolent.

Around 1,100 houses in Charikot area are yet to undergo technical tests to know whether they are habitable or not.

After the technical reports come out, bulldozers would immediately start to clear the rubble from the affected areas,” CDO Lamichanne said. Meanwhile, various political activists in the district have advised the government to come up with proper policy to help build secure settlements. Engineer Mahendra Bahadur Karki said the government should provide soft loans, services and provide suitable atmosphere to bring about sustainable development.

Published: 06-06-2015 10:23

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