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NHRC recommends relocation of high-risk settlements

Graphic: Earthquake-affected area in Nepal

The National Human Rights Commission has recommended the government relocate settlements at high risk of landslides in the earthquake-affected areas.

The National Human Rights Commission has recommended the government relocate settlements at high risk of landslides in the earthquake-affected areas to safer areas, Ekantipur reported.

A monitoring team from the Commission found settlements in Shaktikhor and Jutpani VDCs of Chitwan district, Debchuli and Kirtipur VDCs of Nawalparasi district and Deurali VDC of Palpa district were at high risk of landslides during the monsoon season.

Last week, the Government entrusted a committee led by the Minister for Home Affairs with responsibility for shifting settlements in 30 different locations across 18 quake-affected districts to safer locations within 15 days.

The Commission has suggested the Government to supply tools to demolish quake-affected houses in Lamjung, Tanahu, Kaski, Syanjha, Parbat, Palpa, Makawanpur and Nawalparasi districts.

In a statement, the Commission also urged the Government to be alert to trafficking of women in Makawanpur and Parsa districts.

In addition, the Commission urged diplomatic efforts with the Chinese government to open a passage from Tibet to supply food to nine VDCs bordering Tibet in Gorkha district.

"Landslides have swept away trails leading to villages in the VDCs, which is likely to result in shortage of food supply this monsoon," read the statement, alerting the Government to act immediately to avoid impending shortages.

After monitoring 24 districts, the Commission found that the Government had failed to provide Rs 15,000 compensation to earthquake survivors in several VDCs in the districts.

"We would like to draw the attention of the Government to distribute the announced amount in Kaski, Parbat, Syangjha, Palpa and Makawanpur districts immediately," said the Commission.

Date: 7 July 2015

Source: Ekantipur


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  1. Earthquake-affected area in Nepal - National Human Rights Commission of Nepal