Quake-hit houses still not categorised

- SUDIP KAINI, GORKHA

Jun 9, 2015-

Though the government has mobilised technical teams in the quake-affected districts across the country for the assessment of houses, commercial and school buildings and government offices that have sustained damages after the earthquake, no red, yellow and green stickers have reached the worst quake-hit Gorkha yet to aid the categorisation of the buildings.

After inspecting the extent of damage suffered by a building, technicians mark them with red, yellow and green stickers. Red refers to unsafe for immediate use, those marked yellow require repair before use, and green are buildings which are safe for use. 

With the technical teams yet to categorise their buildings with stickers, schools and government offices whose buildings have developed cracks on the walls and sustained minor damages don’t know whether to use the buildings or not. Students, guardians, teachers and service seekers are facing serious dilemma owing to this.

“No red, yellow or green stickers have been pasted in our damaged house, although the government team has already completed its assessment,” said Navaraj Shrestha of Taple VDC, adding that owing to this very fact the VDC has refused to categorise them as earthquake victims and provide them with relief materials. 

A technical team just informed us verbally that the house is unfit for use, Shrestha informed.

Shops, offices and businesses are being run inside buildings that have developed serious cracks, but have not been categorised with red, yellow and green stickers to denote whether it is safe or unsafe for use. Even hotels that have been partially damaged have now started opening their doors to guests.     

Meanwhile, CDO Uddhav Timalsina said the technical teams deployed by the government have informed the owners whether their houses and buildings are safe for use or not.

Published: 10-06-2015 08:37

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