News : Article

Rights of earthquake survivors in jeopardy

Graphic: Monitoring team from the NHRC inspect earthquake damage at Barpak

The NHRC has released a study on the condition of earthquake survivors living in Gorkha, Dhading, Nuwakot and Rasuwa districts.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has said the fundamental rights of survivors of the 2015 Nepal earthquake are in jeopardy.

The NHRC issued a statement today after conducting a study on the condition of survivors living in Gorkha, Dhading, Nuwakot and Rasuwa districts. They were among the 14 districts hit hardest by the earthquake.

The NHRC inspection team concluded that the condition of the survivors has worsened and are still waiting to be provided with the Rs 15,000 promised by the government for house reconstruction.

The NHRC further concluded that the National Reconstruction Authority, the District Disaster Relief Committee, the District Development Committee and other authorities are not cooperating as they should.

No provisions have yet been formulated for those who lost their lands in the disaster and the data collected by engineers was flawed at various levels, the statement added.

The NHRC has expressed its deep concern over the mismanagement of services provided to survivors some 14 months after the earthquake.

It urged the government to improve data collection and to ensure appropriate living arrangements for the elderly, children and women.

Date: 19 June 2016

Source: The Himalayan Times


Image credits

  1. Monitoring team from the NHRC inspect earthquake damage at Barpak - National Human Rights of Commission