87 crore rupees distributed to quake victims

DAMAULI, July 23

As many as 1,749 households of Gorkha district have been relocated to a safer place after human settlements came under a high risk of landslides due to the earthquake of April 25 and its aftershocks.

Gorkha Chief District Officer Uddab Raj Timalsena said locals of Kerunja, Lapu, Gumda, Sirdibas, Ghayahachowk and Kerabari, among other VDCs of the district, were transferred to a safer place after the human settlements were found to be at high risk of landslips.

He said that his office had taken the initiative to relocate villagers after the landslides occurred with the onset of monsoon. “Each family has already received relief amount of Rs 15, 000 for construction of temporary settlements,” he informed.

The district disaster rescue committee has offered assistance to households. Meanwhile, the VDC secretaries are taking  initiative to relocate households to a safer place.

CDO Timalsena informed that relief amount of Rs 87 crore and 50 lakh has been distributed among victims who had lost their family members and houses in the disaster.

Timalsena added that Rs 140,000 was distributed to each family of 449 people who died in the April 25 tremor. He said that as many as 54,000 households had received the relief amount of Rs 15,000 each, whose houses were damaged completely in the quake.