No tents for Bajura landslide victims

Bajura, July 24

Landslide victims at Badimalika Municipality in Bajura, who have been displaced for a week, are yet to receive adequate relief.

As many as 118 families of Jilli and Rajali in the municipality were displaced after mud slips began from the high hills above their houses. Some families still stay in risky areas, without any alternative to move on to.

The District Disaster Rescue Committee said that as many as 23 tents were distributed collectively to landslide victims in Rajali yesterday.

A victim, Rana Khadka of Rajali, said that two families were compelled to stay in a single tent. “We are currently all staying in a community school, and received no help from the concerned authorities,” added Birman Luwar.

Nepal Red Cross Society Bajura said that it does not have not sufficient number of tents to distribute. “We have 23 tents, which were all distributed, but relief materials, including food items are scarce,” an official at the society informed.

The official said that some tents kept in stock were also distributed to landslide victims at Kawadi of Rugin around two months ago. He said that his office had demanded more tents from the central office, but they have yet to reach the destination.

Chairman of District Disaster Rescue Committee, Bajura and Chief District Officer Bhoj Raj Shrestha accepted that they were yet to distribute tents to landslide victims. “We need around 60 tents immediately for the victims,” he informed.

He said that the needed tents have been requested from the Central Disaster Rescue Committee, and would be distributed within some days after they are brought.