NHRC asks government to shift high risk settlements

  • monsoon landslides
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jul 6, 2015-

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has recommended the government to shift settlements at high risk of landslides in the earthquake-affected areas to safer places.

A monitoring team of the commission found settlements in Shaktikhor and Jutpani VDCs of Chitwan district, Debchuli and Kirtipur VDCs of Nawalparasi district and Deurali VDC of Palpa district at high risk of landslides during monsoon.

Last week, the government had entrusted a committee led by Minister for Home Affairs Bamdev Gautam with responsibilities of shifting settlements of 30 different places of the quake-affected 18 districts to safer locations within 15 days.

The national rights body, in a statement, has also urged the government to be alert on women trafficking in Makawanpur and Parsa districts.

The commission has suggested the government to supply tools to demolish quake-affected houses in Lamjung, Tanahu, Kaski, Syanjha, Parbat, Palpa, Makawanpur and Nawalparasi districts.

Similarly, the commission has urged to initiate diplomatic efforts with the Chinese government to open a passage from Tibet to supply ration to nine VDCs bordering Tibet in Gorkha district. “Landslides have swept away trails leading to villages in the VDCs, which is likely to result in shortage of food supply this monsoon,” read the statement, alerting the government to act immediately to avoid impending shortage of foodstuff.

Monitoring 24 districts, the commission found that the government had failed to provide Rs 15,000 compensation to earthquake survivors in several VDCs in the districts. “We like to draw the attention of the government to distribute the announced amount in Kaski, Parbat, Syangjha, Palpa and Makawanpur districts immediately,” said the commission.

583 households recieve zinc sheets

BHAKTAPUR: A total of 583 households in Nagarkot received corrugated zinc sheets. Helping Hande fur Nepal, a Germany based organisation, provided the zinc sheets last week to Nuldhum and Baluwatari Deupur VDCs. The zinc sheets, worth of 3.8 million, was distributed in coordination with Semanta Sundar Pokharel, proprietor of Eco-Home Nagarkot.

Published: 07-07-2015 07:57

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