Relief money yet to reach remote villages in northern Dhading

- Harihar Singh Rathaur, Dhading
Relief money yet to reach remote villages in northern Dhading

Jul 4, 2015-

The government-announced cash relief has still not reached the earthquake victims in the remote northern region of Dhading district as rains have rendered the roads impassable. Local authorities said travelling to the region by foot carrying millions of rupee in cash is far too risky, and the centre has turned down their request of chartering helicopter due to unpredictable weather.

As a result, around 6,000 households from five VDCs in the region have been deprived of relief cash.

Chief District Officer Basudev Ghimire said the VDC secretaries have said that they are not comfortable with the idea of carrying the cash to the earthquake-affected areas, even in company of security personnel.

Food and other emergency supplies were airdropped in the region in the immediate aftermath of the April 25 earthquake.

With the start of monsoon, Ghimire said, the prospect of ferrying the cash relief and other supplies by helicopter has also been lost.

Organisations involved in reconstruction works in the quake-affected areas are also facing difficulties in transporting construction materials. The District Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) had directed them to ferry the relief and reconstruction materials by July 2.

Meanwhile, the DDMC has requested the government to allocate Rs 350 million for Dhading to resettle the quake-affected families from the northern region of the district. Ghimire said the amount would be used to build transitional shelters for the earthquake victims from the VDCs like Ree, Lapa, Jharlang and Sertung at the district headquarters.

Published: 05-07-2015 07:45

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