Nepal | July 04, 2020

Flood victims still not compensated

Himalayan News Service
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Rautahat, August 27

Flood victims in Rautahat district, who lost their family members, have lamented the government‘s delay in providing compensation amount.

Earlier, Province 2 Chief Minister Lalbabu Raut had pledged Rs 300,000 to each of the families that lost their near and dear ones in the devastating floods that occurred in the Bagmati and Lal Bakaiya rivers on July 12 and 13.

One-and-a-half months after the disaster, the victims are yet to receive compensation amount from the provincial government. As many as 22 families had lost their members to the flood.

“The families got Rs 100,000 each in relief from the federal government. As for the compensation from the provincial government, we’ve yet to received the amount meant for victims,” said first-class non-gazetted officer Ram NareshSah at the Rautahat District Disaster Management Committee.

Forty-year-old Shiva MangalRaut Patel of Gaur-3 had lost his life after he was swept away by the flooded river while on his way to home from the market. “We got 1 lakh rupees from the district administration office. I’m however, yet to receive the Rs 300,000 pledged by the provincial government,” said the deceased’s wife JashodadeviRaut Patel.

Gaur Municipality Ward No 3 Chair ShyamSundar Patel said Raut’s family and others will get the relief pledged by the province in the near future.

A version of this article appears in print on August 28, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

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