Nepal | June 02, 2020

Reconstruction delayed as quake-victims await second tranche of housing grant

Ramji Rana
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FILE PHOTO: Locals idling in front a house ravaged by April-2015 Earthquake in Lamjung District. Photo: Ramji Rana

LAMJUNG: After three years since the Earthquake of April 2015, reconstruction works have hit a stumbling block in Lamjung district with the quake-affected awaiting second installment of the grant to rebuild their houses.

According to District Co-ordination Committee, Lamjung Chief Lok Raj Pandey, the reconstruction works have not picked up pace due to delay by authorities in distributing grant amount.

Apart from relief, lack of workforce has also posed as a challenge to completion of reconstruction works leaving the quake affected no alternative to seeking shelter in make shift tents and partially destroyed houses.

The DCC stats show that till date out of 13,959 locals whose houses were completely destroyed in the quake, 13,101 have received the first installment of the grant. Likewise, 1,059 locals have been provided the second tranche of the housing grant.

Similarly, 6,855 people have registered complaints at the district administration saying that they have not received any aid despite being quake-victims.

Out of four rural municipalities and four municipalities in Lamjung District, Dudh Pokhari Rural Municipality saw maximum number of houses (2,437) completely destroyed in the April-2015 Earthquake.


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