Quake-displaced in Palpa building houses on their own

- Post Report, PALPA

Dec 17, 2015-

The delay in reconstruction works has led the earthquake-displaced families in Palpa to build houses on their own. 

The winter cold has started to take a toll on the displaced families living in poorly-built shelters. It has been more than seven months since the April 25 earthquake. And as far as the reconstruction and rehabilitation works go, the government has done very little to help the victims. 

In fact, the bill to form the National Reconstruction Authority was passed only on Wednesday after months of delay and bickering among the major political parties.

Meanwhile, the hapless victims of the earthquake are increasing growing desperate. 

Rudra Bahadur Sunari, an earthquake victim from Galdha village of Palpa,  said they cannot wait for ever. 

“We have been waiting for seven months already. No one has arrived to provide any support. So we have started to construct the house on our own,” said Sunari.

The victims said they were compelled to construct the houses because they could not bear the cold under the temporary shelters where they have been living since the quake. 

Many displaced families in villages like Galdha, Siluwa, Jhirubash, Rampur, and Salahakot are constructing houses these days using the materials salvaged from their old houses.

“We have suffered enough waiting for the government to arrive with help. We cannot wait anymore. We are building our own houses,” said another earthquake victim Tul Bahadur Sunari.  Around 2, 300 houses in the district were destroyed by the earthquake. 

Rs 30m distributed to tremor victims 

PALPA:  Heifer International Nepal has distributed Rs 30 million to the earthquake victims in Mujhung, Chhahara, Phoksingkot, Salahakot, Gadakot, Mityal and Galdha villages of Palpa. Ananta Silwal, programme officer of Heifer, said the sum was distributed to 1, 700 households.

Published: 17-12-2015 08:34

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