Foreign dignitaries visit quake-hit areas

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Foreign dignitaries visit quake-hit areas

Jun 24, 2015-

Foreign delegates, who have arrived in Kathmandu to participate in the International Conference on Nepal’s Reconstruction, visited the quake-ravaged Hanumandhoka area in the Capital on Wednesday. Hanumandhoka area is enlisted as a world heritage site.

The quake has damaged around 80 percent of the historical and archaeological buildings, including Kasthamandap, Narayan Temple and Laxmi Narayan Temple, in the area.

The delegates observed the area wearing helmet, gloves, masks and safety jackets. Hanumandhoka Management Office chief Saraswoti Singh briefed them about the heritage site. Singh said an extensive action plan will be formulated by Unesco for the reconstruction of archaeological site.

Jica chief Dr Akihiko Tanaka also said the organisation was ready to provide necessary support for the reconstruction of infrastructures damaged by the quake.

Expressing sorrow over the loss caused by the quake, Sri Lankan Minister for Disaster Management, AHM Fowsie said his country was ready to lend support to the reconstruction task. Likewise, the delegates also visited the quake-ravaged Sankhu area on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Most of the houses in the area have suffered damage due to the April 25 earthquake and its aftershocks. Finance Ministry’s Joint-secretary Surya Acharya and Sankhu Reconstruction Committee Chairman Suresh Pradhan briefed the guests on the damage caused by the earthquake in the area and reconstruction plans. On the occasion, Unesco delegation head Christian Manhart said they will help reconstruct historical and archaeological sites.

Published: 25-06-2015 08:19

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