Print Edition - 2018-02-16 | Oped
- Voice Of The People
Feb 16, 2018-
It seems that everything is possible if there is determination, commitment and sincerity. The only thing is that it does not seem possible to find individuals having such qualities with some exceptions. During the killer earthquake which rocked the nation almost three years ago, thousands of people were killed and displaced. Many of them are still spending their lives in makeshift camps. Likewise, several houses in Rautahat district were destroyed by last year’s massive floods. All the victims from disadvantaged and poor communities were forced to live with much difficulty in temporary shelters. Many individuals, several non-government organisations, international organisations and donor communities came forward for rescue works and later for rehabilitation. The government put its every effort to rehabilitate the victims effected by both the massive floods and devastating earthquake in collaboration with these organisations. However, due to lack of proper coordination and management, rehabilitation process did not move ahead satisfactorily. The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) is still struggling even after three years to reach all the victims who were forced to spend three cold winters and monsoon rains with much difficulty in their makeshift camps. However, some of the earth-quake victims in Sindhupalchok district and flood victims of Rautahat district seemed to be lucky and fortunate to move into the new houses graciously constructed and donated by the Dhurmus-Suntali Foundation. An integrated settlement built by this organisation for 47 flood victims was handed over by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari yesterday in Chandrapur Municipality of Rautahat district (‘Flood victims get new homes’, February 7, Page 4). This foundation deserves high appreciation for its commendable social work for the humankind. Should other social organisations initiate such noble deeds with dedication, commitment and sincerity, more quake and flood affected families would be lucky and fortunate to move into new homes.
Rai Biren Bangdel,
Published: 16-02-2018 08:26