Govt steps up cash handouts for temporary shelter

Govt steps up cash handouts for temporary shelter

The government has finally expedited the distribution of Rs 15,000 each to quake-victim families in 10 out of the 14 worst-hit districts, for the construction of temporary shelters.

The Central Disaster Relief Committee under the Home Ministry on Monday informed that the relief amounts distribution to the victims for constructing temporary shelters has started in 10 out of the 14 most-affected districts.

Rameshwor Dangal, joint-secretary at the Home Ministry, said the relief distribution has started in Gorkha, Kavrepalanchok, Dhading, Sindupalchok, Ramechhap, Okhaldunga, Sindhuli, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur districts.

Dangal said that the relief amounts distribution has started in districts where reports on the number of actual homeless victims have already been finalized and approved by the village-level political mechanisms.

“As data from other villages in the districts is also being finalized, the relief distribution in all 14 districts will go into full swing shortly. We have directed the district authorities to expedite the data collection in view of the approaching monsoon,” he said.

He further said that relief distribution in all the villages and municipalities of the 14 districts will start by the next two to three days. “And we aim to complete the relief distribution by mid-June at any cost, as the monsoon is fast approaching,” he added.

He said relief amounts distribution in Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Dolakha and Makwanpur was yet to kick off as geographical remoteness had hampered data collection on the actual homeless victims.

Two weeks ago, the Home Ministry had released Rs 2.2 billion for all the quake-affected districts, to be distributed at the rate of Rs 15,000 each to families that have been left homeless. The money is meant for building temporary shelters against the approaching monsoon.

Ek Narayan Dahal, chief of Kathmandu District Disaster Relief Committee, said that the committee is distributing the victims their identity cards and the relief amounts simultaneously. The committee started distributing the amounts from Thursday.

“We started distributing the relief amounts from Tuesday. Relief distribution in the district will be completed by the next 10 days,” he said, adding that around 42,000 victims have been rendered completely homeless by the earthquake in this district alone.

Outside Kathmandu Valley, officials are yet to confirm the exact number of people that will need the relief money because the assessment teams deployed in all 14 districts are yet to come up with their reports.

Source: Myrepublica