Quake-hit await permanent shelter

- RAJENDRA MANANDHAR, DOLAKHA

Jan 3, 2016-

Eighty-nine-year-old Kami Tamang, a quake survivor, has been living with his widowed daughter-in-law, a grandson and a granddaughter in a hut at Lamabagar in the district after their house was destroyed by the April 25 earthquake. 

He said they moved to the hut constructed inside a forest to avoid risk of landslide as their house and farmland developed cracks due to the quake. They have also built another hut for their cattle.

The family, however, could not build a permanent house due to financial problems as they lost the sole person who used to earn for the family.

Kami said they are deprived of warm clothes during winter and are sleeping on dry leaves and hay mattress.

Around 91 quake-hit families at Thongthong village in the area have moved to forest land after being displaced by landslide triggered by the earthquake.

VDC Secretary Bharatraj Paudyal said donors have not visited remote quake-hit areas to distribute relief materials. “Quake victims are facing difficulties earning their livelihood as they cannot grow crops due to large fissures in their farmlands.

The area has also lost its road link with district headquarters Charikot due to damages caused by the earthquake. Locals, however, have constructed foot trails connecting settlements. 

Fake victims grab relief

KAVRE: Many fake quake victims in Kavre have received winter relief in the district as authorities distributed the government aid on the basis of data collected after the earthquake. According to 2011 census, there were only 80,720 households in the district but the number increased by 14,419 after the quake. Santosh Pokharel, an officer at the District Development Committee, said they decided to distribute the amount based on data collected after the quake and investigate into it later. Some fake quake victims are said to have returned relief amount to concerned VDCs.

Displaced want resettlement

RASUWA: Quake survivors from Haku VDC now living in temporary shelters at Laharepauwa in the district have demanded their permanent resettlement. Dhanapati Tamang, 75, of Haku 9 said they are facing problems to manage food and warm clothes for their families. Most of the displaced families have making various items using bamboo.

Published: 03-01-2016 08:55

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