Kavre, August 29
Victims of the April 25 earthquake who were not included in the victims’ list have been left in the lurch after they were deprived of any grant.
District Administration Office Kavre said they were in a dilemma whether or not to distribute relief to more than 300 households that were demanding relief at the office.
The victims have registered with the District Natural Disaster Rescue Committee for victims’ identity card and relief amount of Rs 15,000 after their names were missed in the earlier list. With the committee’s recommendation, all five municipalities and 76 VDCs of the district have started to collect data of victims, who missed putting their names in the list.
According to DAO Officer Arjun Rijal, 300 families have filed their names at the office claiming that they were not included in the victims’ list though their houses were destroyed in the disaster. “No other district, except Kavre, has the facility of collecting the victims’ names that were missed in the first list. However, it is still uncertain if they will be provided relief,” he said.
He informed that they had collected the victims’ names from all VDCs as well as municipalities and were waiting for the decision of the Ministry of Home Affairs for relief distribution.
As many as 50,270 houses were completely damaged whereas 23,784 sustained partial damage due to the temblor in the district.
DDRC has distributed the preliminary relief amount of Rs 15,000 to all the victims, Rs 40,000 to the families of 332 deceased, and additional one lakh rupees to the families of 318 deceased in the aftermath of the April 25 quake.
A version of this article appears in print on August 30, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.