Over 11 thousand temporary shelters built for Jajarkot earthquake victims

KATHMANDU, DECEMBER 26: So far, 11,336 temporary houses have been constructed for the earthquake survivors in five districts. More than 67 thousand beneficiaries are registered in Jajarkot, Rukum West and Salyan districts of Karnali province and Bajura and Bajhang of the Sudurpaschim province.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA) said 10,118 more temporary houses are being built. NDRRMA chief executive officer Anil Pokharel said the beneficiaries have been taking the grant amount meant for building temporary shelters entering into an agreement and constructing the temporary houses.

According to him, 5,202 temporary shelters have been built in Jajarkot and 5,798 in Rukum West. Similarly, 193 temporary houses have been built in Salyan, 13 in Bajhang and 130 in Bajura districts. Over Rs 2.26 billion has been allocated to the affected districts and more budget will be needed as the number of beneficiaries rises. Of this amount, Rs 1.53 billion has reached the local levels from the districts. Pokharel added that Rs 587 million 800 thousand has been transferred to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries verified by the local level. There are 35,140 beneficiaries in Jajarkot followed by 23, 608 in Rukum West; 4,576 in Bajhang; 2,729 in Bajura and 1,730 in Salyan, according to the Authority.

Chief of the Policy and Planning Division of the Authority, Bharat Mani Pandey,  said the grant agreement remains to be signed with nearly 50 thousand additional beneficiaries and the signing of the agreement is ongoing. It is estimated that the number of beneficiaries will reach 80 thousand and the Authority is making its preparations accordingly, Pandey added. He said the NDRRMA is preparing to manage Rs 4.75 billion that would be required for building temporary shelters for the estimated 80 thousand beneficiaries. The November 3 earthquake with its epicenter at Ramidanda of Jajarkot affected Rukum West, Salyan, Bajhang and Bajura as well. Now the construction of temporary shelters for the affected is going on.