KATHMANDU, Nov 23: Around 12,000 earthquake victims who received the first installment of housing grant have started rebuilding their homes in 11 districts, the National Reconstruction (NRA) said on Tuesday.
The data provided by the Ministry of Urban Development to the NRA shows 11,989 quake victims have so far started building their home which were damaged by last year's devastating earthquake. They have received Rs 50,000 in the first installment out of the total Rs 300,000 promised by the government.
Issuing the press statement, the NRA informed that in Nuwakot district alone, 3,162 house owners have started rebuilding homes. Likewise, 2,143 victims have starting rebuilding their homes in Dhading, 1,583 in Sindhupalchowk, 1,214 in Dolakha, 1,124 in Gorkha, 995 in Kavre, 700 in Ramechhap, 463 in Okhaldhunga, 351 in Makwanpur, 128 in Rasuwa and 126 victims in Sindhuli have started rebuilding their homes.
“The figures are based on the information submitted to the ministries by the engineers deployed to the affected districts. As the reconstruction work gains pace in the coming days, the figure will go up,” reads the statement.
The data from the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development shows that so far 432,738 house owners have received the first installment of Rs 50,000 out of the total 470,524 house owners who have already signed the grant agreement with the local bodies.
In the Kathmandu Valley, the government has so far signed the grant agreement with the 223,805 quake victims in the Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur districts.
Government figures state that there are total of 533,155 families whose houses were completely damaged by the quakes.