Govt told to supply winter clothes to quake survivors to prevent deaths, illnesses

KATHMANDU: The National Human Rights Commission on Thursday urged the government to immediately supply warm winter clothes and blankets for April-May earthquake survivors in order to prevent their untimely deaths and other health problems.

After more than a dozen quake survivors reportedly died due to cold while living under the tents and temporary shelters, the constitutional human rights watchdog told the government to save lives.


The NHRC said it had monitored situations of quake survivors living in the chilling cold in post-quake camps in Sindhuli, Ramechhap, Dolakha, Sindhupalchok, Kavrepalanchok, Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Makawanpur, Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur district.

The NHRC has urged the government to airlift clothes and blankets for hilly and mountainous regions as supplying the goods via land route may take a long time.

"The quake affected persons are not in the condition to reach market areas for the warm clothes," a stated by NHRC Acting Secretary Bed Prasad Bhattarai said, "The goods are also scarce in the market due to fuel shortage."

Meanwhile, the monitors said many survivors did not get Rs 15,000 provided by the government for each family as an immediate relief.

Likewise, many survivors have not received Rs 10,000 meant to buy warm clothes for them though VDCs have started procedures, the statement added.

The NHRC also urged the government to pay special attention to safety and security of women and children in the post-disaster camps.