Quake survivors not even receiving Rs 15: Lawmakers

KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress lawmaker Ramhari Khatiwada on Thursday drew the attention of the government towards the bitter fact that the victims of the massive earthquake of April 25 were yet to receive relief materials two months after the disaster.

Speaking at the start of the parliament meeting, lawmaker Khatiwada said the quake victims in many affected areas had not even received Rs 15 in the backdrop of the government’s pledge to provide Rs 15,000 to each affected family.

He expressed concern that when the World Food Programme was confronted with the fact that it had distributed inedible food grains in Gorkha, among other places, they had warned they would withdraw the food programme altogether. UCPN-Maoist lawmaker Agni Prasad Sapkota said that the people were distraught after earthquake. The monsoon downpour, gusty winds and landslips had recently levelled 12 houses in Gorkha.

He added that flooding had caused damage in Madhumalla of Biratnagar and landslides had inflicted damage at many areas including Sindhupalchowk headquarters.

Sapkota also put forth a demand with the House Speaker for instructions to make available excavators, and scientific tools for informing people early about landslide and flooding.

Rastriya Prajatantra Party’s Parashuram Tamang spoke on the urgency of better managing people living in the Dhading’s hinterlands that have become prone to more disaster in the wake of the earthquake.