Quake-hit Majhis yet to rebuild houses, lack technical support

Ramechhap, June 18

The Majhi community in Khandadevi Rural Municipality, Ramechhap, are still in a fix about constructing their houses as no technician has turned up in their community for support even two years after  the devastating earthquake.

As many as 123 houses in the community were completely destroyed by the devastating earthquake some 27 months ago. But, the locals have not been able to construct their houses yet. The locals said that they could not build earthquake resistant houses without technical support, though they have received the housing grant provided by the government. They complained that designing and construction work have been thwarted due to lack of technical support.

In the Majhi Community, 70 houses were completely destroyed.

A local, Sundar Majhi, said that technicians, who had reached the village immediately after the quake, had reported that the land in there was not appropriate for building houses. “But no technician have appeared in the village thereafter,” he added.

Another local, Man Bagadur Majhi, said that no initiative had been taken so far to shift the community although District Disaster Rescue Committee recommended resettlement of the villagers.

Meanwhile, Chief Amar Bahadur Thapa at Urban Development and Building Construction Division Office, Ramechhap, said that technicians have been deployed in all wards of two municipalities and six rural municipalities in the district.