Print Edition - 2015-06-07  |  Earthquake Relief

Model shelters in Dolakha

- RAJENDRA MANANDHAR, Dolakha
Model shelters in Dolakha

Jun 6, 2015-

The non-government organisations that had been distributing relief to locals in the Dolakha have now begun building model shelters for them.

After the District Disaster Relief Committee (DDRC) gave its approval, two organisations, ETC Faselung and Ek (One) have started constructing shelters for 1,087 households in northern Babare VDC in the district. The committee has allowed three non-government organisations to build temporary shelters for people, schools, health posts and community centres in six VDCs of the district, according to Chief District Officer Premlal Lamichhane. Each organisation has been urged to construct the shelters for all the people in the villages, he added.

District coordinator of ETC Faselung Chandi Prasad Shrestha said that they are midway in their construction of model shelters in Babare. The shelters, which are 12-feet long and 8-feet wide, are being made of metal and galvanised corrugated sheets. Locals have to construct the front and the rear ends of the shelters by themselves. Doors and windows from destroyed houses have been used for covering the ends. The organisation has said that the shelters are strong and well-facilitated and will last for at least a few years.

Likewise, ETC Faselung is distributing sheets in Lamidanda and Lapilang VDCs. The DDRC has requested the organisation to construct model shelters for 1,384 families in Lamidanda and 1,442 families in Lapilang. The proposal is currently being reviewed, ETC Faselung said.

Further, the DDRC has accepted a proposal to construct shelters in Mali and Thulopatal of Jiri municipality and Shyama VDC by a non-government organisation, Samaritan Purse. The organisation has pledged to build 961 shelters in Mali, 962 in Thulopatal and 779 in Shyama. There are some 7,500 private houses in the areas approved by the DDRC. The committee hopes that the shelters will be constructed without delay as early permission was sought for them. CDO Lamichhine said that these organisations can be trusted with the construction as they carried out commendable relief works earlier.

Likewise, the DDRC has approved Share Nepal’s proposal to distribute construction materials including galvanised corrugated sheets, nails and hammers to all households in Gaurishankar, Lamabagar and Aalumpu VDCs in the district. About 60,000 houses have been damaged by the Great Earthquake and its aftershocks in the district. Some 59,000 people need temporary shelters, according to a preliminary estimate of the DDRC.

 

Published: 07-06-2015 08:14

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