Quake victims await govt rebuilding plan

- NAGENDRA ADHIKARI, Kavre
Quake victims await govt rebuilding plan

Aug 1, 2015-

Three months after the Great Earthquake destroyed 51,000 houses and damaged 23,000 others in the district, the government has yet to come up with a concrete plan for reconstruction.

“Have completed rescue and relief works, we are now awaiting concrete reconstruction plan from the government,” Local Development Officer Chiranjivi Timsina said.

The April 25 quake and its aftershocks caused damage to 95 percent of the 80,000 houses in the district. According to a government estimate, 90 percent of the victims are staying in temporary shelters for which the government

had provided Rs15,000 a household.

A total of 31 out of the 58 government offices in the district were destroyed in the devastating earthquake and 27 sustained partial damage, leaving with a total

estimated loss in excess of Rs325 million.

Twenty buildings belonging to VDC offices and a further 33 rented buildings were destroyed, while seven VDC offices housed in community buildings and four municipality offices were partially damaged in the quakes.

Also destroyed were 317 school blocks, 91 health institutions and 14 police offices were completely destroyed.

Drinking Water and Sanitation Division Office in Kavre said the earthquake also destroyed 652 drinking water infrastructure, causing a loss of more than Rs187 million. LDO Timsina said that the exact amount of loss in the district is yet to be ascertained as the District Statistics Office has not completed processing the details of loss.

Chief District Officer Sudarshan Prasad Dhakal said that reconstruction works would be carried out by the to-be formed National Reconstruction Authority. “We are not mandated with reconstruction works. We are bound to act as per government’s plans and direction,” he said.

With 376 deaths, Kavre is one of the worst-hit among the 14 quake-affected districts. Political parties and lawmakers from the district have been pressuring the government to immediately begin reconstruction works.

The National Disaster Management, Inspection

and Direction Committee formed by the Legislature Parliament had also

recommended carrying out resettlement and rebuilding in the district with utmost

priority. The government has allocated Rs90 billion for reconstruction works in the country.

Published: 02-08-2015 09:34

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