Laudable Work

November 19, 2006 at 6:32 am Leave a comment

Case Study: Flood Problem in Lower Terai 

Laudable Work

EVERY year thousands of Nepalese people become homeless due to floods and landslides, and rehabilitating the displaced has become a daunting task for the government in the absence of needed funds. Even the Kamaiyas of western Nepal, who were emancipated by the state some six years ago with promises of adequate support, have not been settled properly. Consequently, a large number of flood victims and others are compelled to live under the open sky or under sheds, braving the rains in summer and chill in winter. Against this backdrop, the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) should be lauded for rehabilitating the flood victims of 2059 B.S. and 2061 B. S. in Mahottari district in central Terai. Everybody should appreciate the laudable move of the NRCS. The Disaster Management Committee under the NRCS has rehabilitated 47 displaced families at Majauliya, 39 at Dabauli 59 in Hattisarwa, 16 in Hattilate and 25 in Shivanagar. Each displaced family has been provided with necessary supplies, cement pillars, cement, bamboo and tiles plus cash assistance of Rs. 12, 000 to construct houses in these villages in Mahottari district. Likewise, the NRCS has constructed 35 houses in Dhanusha Dham to rehabilitate 70 Mushahar families. However, the victims themselves must find the necessary land and labour to construct the houses.
With the NRCS supporting the displaced families to construct their homes, many flood victims of the area should be able to come up with a comfortable dwelling to live in. All the displaced who have received NRCS support are reportedly happy and grateful to the organisation. Indeed, the NRCS has been providing primary relief assistance to the victims of natural calamities like floods and landslides and fires over the years in different parts of the country. And this time it has succeeded in rehabilitating a larger number of floods victims who have been living without homes for the past three or four years. If the NRCS extends its rehabilitating activities beyond Janakpur zone, many people displaced by floods would surely benefit. It is the duty of other organisations involved in the social service sector to lend support to and encourage the NRCS at times of crisis. This way the sufferings of the poor can be mitigated to a great extent.



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