Dhading landslide victims get relief

Dhading, July 21

Landslide victims of Pundrung in Dhading’s remote Ganga Jamuna Rural Municipality-2 were provided relief today.

With the initiatives of the District Natural Disaster Rescue Committee, various organisations, including Nepal Red Cross Society and local chamber of commerce and industry distributed Rs 10,000 cash and food items to each of the 14 victim families.

A team led by Chief District Officer Mahesh Acharya and comprising representatives of the concerned organisations had reached the village along with relief materials via a chopper.

It is important to note that eight human settlements of Ri and Lapa village in northern Dhading are yet to be shifted to a safe place as recommended by technicians.

Assistant CDO Liladhar Adhikari attributed the delay in relocation to lack of policy-related clarity. “Though we’d recommended relocation of settlements soon after risk assessment by geologists, it hasn’t happened yet due to confusion over where to shift the villages,” said assistant CDO.

Seven houses were buried after a landslide hit settlement in Pundrung on Tuesday night. Family members of seven other houses of Salle near Pundrung, also left their houses in the face of danger.