NRCS to spend Rs 7.72 billion in reconstruction

KATHMANDU: Nepal Red Cross Society has said it would spend Rs 7.72 billion for the reconstruction of quake-damaged properties in the nation.

NRCS has so far built 568 houses out of the seven thousand houses damaged by the earthquake that it was responsible for reconstructing.

The National Reconstruction Authority  and NRCS on May 23, 2016 had reached an agreement in which the NRCS was entrusted with the responsibility of constructing 7000 private homes of earthquake victims in 11 Village Development Committees in Nuwakot, Ramechhap, Sindhuli, Okhaldhunga, Rasuwa, Kavrepalanchok and Makwanpur districts among the 14 earthquake most-affected districts.

NRCS president Sanjib Thapa, speaking at a programme in Kathmandu, on Tuesday, said so far 6375 beneficiaries have taken the first installment, 802 beneficiaries the second installment and 568 beneficiaries the third installment of money for house construction.

Similarly, Thapa shared that NRCS has imparted masonry training to 4,200 people for constructing earthquake-resistant houses and technical knowledge on building safe shelters to around 44 thousand people in the 14 districts.