Temporary shelters’ model by Friday

The National Planning Commission will finalise by Friday the structure of temporary shelters for the earthquake victims whose houses were completely destroyed.

“NPC has collected four models of temporary shelters so far and is receiving more such models from engineers. Such shelters can be set up at a cost of Rs 10,000 to 12,000. We also have a shelter model that can be constructed for Rs 40,000,” NPC Vice-chairman Govind Raj Pokhrel told THT.

NPC will select some models and send them to the affected people for constructing temporary shelters as per their convenience by using bamboo poles and other locally available materials, he said.

Such temporary shelters can be constructed within two-four days and the materials can be used later while constructing permanent houses, according to Pokhrel.

NPC is also working on how unified settlements could be developed in the earthquake-affected areas, according to Pokhrel. “We are planning to convene a conference of international donors by mid-June before finalising structures of such settlements,” he said.

Pokhrel said the country had suffered a loss of approximately Rs 400 billion, including that to agriculture and industries, due to the earthquake.

Meanwhile, Spokesman for Ministry of Home Affairs Laxmi Prasad Dhakal today said the government was preparing to provide two bundles of corrugated zinc sheets to each family who would use temporary shelter. “The government is planning to provide the materials for temporary shelters before the onset of monsoon,” Dhakal said, adding, “The local bodies will be mobilised to deliver the materials.”

The government will provide money or subsidized loan to the earthquake victims as decided already only after it prepares a working procedure, Dhakal told THT.

Joint Secretary of Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development Purna Chandra Bhattarai said the ministry would distribute the materials for the victims through local bodies, including ward, VDC and municipality, immediately after the authorities concerned took a formal decision in this regard.

Source: THT