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Damaged houses pose threat

  

PRAKASH ACHARYA

KATHMANDU: Thousands of people in Kathmandu now spend their days and nights in fear because their houses are either fully or partially damaged and these structures can cause more casualties and damage.

Many structures have become vulnerable due to the earthquake and more than 140 aftershocks that followed. People fear these damaged houses could fall any time and harm the surrounding houses and hit people nearby. Moreover, most of the affected human settlements are dense with narrow road and big houses.

“We are living in fear as the damaged buildings could fall any time over smaller houses. People here are also compelled to use alternative ways to travel to and from their houses as some damaged houses have obstructed the road,” said Moti Lal Nepali, a resident of Maitrinagar of Kirtipur.

It may take more than a month to remove these structures as many of them are big and in dense settlements, officials of Kathmandu Administration Office said.

“We are mobilising 42 teams to collect details of partially and fully damaged buildings in all 11 municipalities of Kathmandu district. We will immediately demolish vulnerable structures to prevent further casualty and damage,” said Kathmandu Chief District Officer Eak Narayan Aryal.

As per the preliminary report, around 9,000 houses of Kathmandu district have been fully destroyed. This figure could go up as data collection is still under way, according to Aryal.

Altogether, the earthquake damaged 200,552 houses fully, while 186,285 houses were partially affected in 31 districts.

“There are big houses in many affected areas and we do not have equipment and manpower to demolish these structures, we need to bring such equipment and technical manpower from outside the country. We will request the concerned ministries regarding the same,” said CDO Aryal.

There are around 8 lakh houses in Kathmandu district where around 2.5 million people live according to DDC Official Rajendra KC.

Chief of Physical Development and Construction Department of KMC Uttar Regmi said, “We will begin demolishing vulnerable structures from tomorrow. First, we will request the concerned house owner to demolish their houses. If they cannot, we will move ahead on our own.”

A team led by Director General of Department of Archaeology Bhesh Narayan Dahal has been clearing debris at archaeological sites. “We are collecting important antiques from the damaged sites in the presence of police, local clubs and trusts,” he said.

Most affected areas in district:

• KMC: Hanumandhoka, Naya Buspark,

Swoyambhu, Ason, Kalanki, Sunar Gaun

• Kageshwori Manahara: Alapot, Gagalphedi, Bhadrabas and Danchhi

• Tokha: Gangabu, Jhor Mahankal, both Tokhas

• Budhanilakantha: Chunnikhel, Kapan, Khadwa, Budhanilakantha

• Tarkeshwor, Dharmasthali, Dagoldhunga,

Jeetpur Fedi, Sangla, Kavresthali

• Nagarjun: Bhimdhunga, Ramkot, Sitapaila, Ichangu, Syuchatar (upper part)

• Kirtipur: Panga, Taukhel, Champa, Gutha,

Wards 13, 14, 15 and 19

• Gokarneshwor: Tarebhir, Sundarijal, Baluwa, Nayapati, Gokarneshwor

• Shankharapur: Nanglebhare, Sankhubazar, Lapsi Phedi, Indrayani

• Chandragiri: Satungal, Matatirtha, Sano

Masine, Thulo Masine, Thankot, Balambu

• Dakshinkali: Bosan Kshetra, Chalnakhel,

Dakshinkali (lower part), Chhaimale

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