KATHMANDU, April 3: The National Muslim Commission has pledged to build 100 prefab houses for the victims of the windstorm which struck Bara and Parsa district on Sunday evening, killing at least 28 and rendering 343 injured.

CALIFORNIA, Aug 2: A massive wildfire in Northern California has torched more than 1,000 homes in and around the city of Redding, authorities said Wednesday as some evacuees were allowed to return home and new blazes exploded in what has become an endless summer of flame in the Golden State.

SARLAHI, June 16: Locals from Harion, Sarlahi are in dismay after the sewage formed during the manufacture of alcohol at Amarwati Distillery entered their homes.

EL RODEO, June 4: A fiery volcanic eruption in south-central Guatemala sent lava flowing into rural communities, killing at least 25 as rescuers struggled to reach people where homes and roads were charred and blanketed with ash.

KHOTANG (REPUBLICA): Earthing systems have been installed at 35 homes in Nunthala and Khilku villages of Khotang district to protect lives and property from lightning strikes.

HAWAII, May 7: Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano destroyed 26 homes and spewed lava hundreds of feet into the air, leaving evacuated residents unsure how long they might be displaced.

ITAHARI, March 19: On Saturday evening, Renu Sardar, 25 of Barahakshetra Municipality in Sunsari had just gone to bed clutching her three-month-old daughter and a year-and-a-half-old son when she heard screams outside. Carrying both the children, Renu came out of her home and saw a massive blaze in front of her. “I scurried toward the eastern part of the settlement,” said Renu staring at her fire-destroyed home on Sunday morning.

Fire flattens 70 homes in Sunsari

March 19, 2018 05:30 am

ITAHARI, March 18: Few children sustained minor injuries after all of the 82 houses were gutted in a massive fire that broke out in Ikrahi Basti, Baraha Chhetra municipality -11, Sunsari on Saturday night.

SINDHUPALCHOWK, March 17: Three years after the devastating Gorkha earthquake in 2015, reconstruction activities are finally reaching the underprivileged communities of the country.

SINDHUPALCHOWK, March 15: Three years after the devastating Gorkha earthquake in 2015, reconstruction activities are finally reaching the underprivileged communities of the country.

KATHMANDU, Mar 9: The Government of India is supporting reconstruction of 50,000 houses in earthquake affected districts of Gorkha and Nuwakot.

KATHMANDU, March 9: The Indian government has signed partnership agreements worth US$ 16.2 million with two United Nations bodies to provide technical support for the reconstruction of 50,000 houses in Gorkha and Nuwakot districts.

DHADING, March 8: Kedarnath Adhikari of Gajuri Rural Municipality-6 has already received Rs 50,000 from the government as the first tranche of relief for the reconstruction of his house. However, he has no plans to start the construction anytime soon.

DHADING, Feb 28: Even as winter is finally nearing its end, earthquake victims without homes are not yet breathing any sigh of relief. Those without shelter are already starting to worry about the next monsoon season.

RAUTAHAT, Feb 7: “There was a time when we used to dream about owning a modern house, while visiting the cities,” said 106 years old Ramkaliya Devi, who has spent most of her life in a dilapidated hut. “We had never in our lives  imagined that some day we would actually own such a house,” she added.

CHITWAN, Feb 1: The earthquake of April 2015 had killed one and injured many in Guchhiwang village. None of the houses survived the disaster. Though some of them were partially damaged, most of the houses were fully damaged.

NUWAKOT, Jan 20:  Tired of waiting for the government to implement the reconstruction policy after the devastating earthquake of 2015, a large number of quake victims in Nuwakot rebuilt their houses on their own. But not many had the slightest idea that this would deprive them of the reconstruction grant provided by the government.

ACHHAM, Jan 5: A former bonded laborer, Janak Aaughi of Hattikot, Mallekh-8 of Achham district finally has a home to call his own. The government grant to construct homes, although it came late, has proved a huge respite for a former Haliya (indentured ploughman) like him.

ACCHAM, Jan 2: A former bonded laborer, Janak Aaughi of Hattikot, Mallekh-8 of Accham district finally has a home to call his own. The government grant to construct homes, although it came late, has proved a huge respite for a former Haliya (indentured ploughman) like him.

KATHMANDU, Oct 29: The newly-appointed chief executive officer of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), Yubaraj Bhusal has announced his plan to take at least 60 percent of the earthquake-hit families to new houses before next monsoon.

KAVREPALANCHOWK, Oct 10: Chhetra Bahadur Tamang of Khanikhola was on cloud nine when an organization offered him support to build a new house for his family. The quake victim took no time in allowing the organization to intervene. “We were told they were a big INGO and that they were keen to build our house. And they promised to make a strong house for us,” said Tamang. “And as promised, very soon our house was constructed and our family was very thankful to them.”

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Sept 22:  Nearly 10,000 villagers have left their homes around the Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali because of a possible eruption.

FLORIDA, September 12: Storm-shocked Floridians returned to shattered homes on Monday as the remnants of Hurricane Irma pushed inland, leaving more than half of all state residents without power and city streets underwater from Orlando and Jacksonville into coastal Georgia and South Carolina.

DHADING, April 26: While many of the quake reconstruction efforts grabbed media attention from the very beginning, Dinesh Tamang of Dhading has come in the limelight after quietly rebuilding 55 houses for quake victims in his district.

MAHOTTARI, April 11: “We will have a house, a water tap, electricity, a toilet, a playground, and a school for children!” Manju Kumari Sada, 19, shares happily. “We never thought we would ever get all this in our lifetime,” she adds.

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — An avalanche of water from three overflowing rivers tore through a small city in Colombia while people slept, destroying homes, sweeping away cars and killing at least 193 unsuspecting residents.

RIVERSIDE, Calif., Feb 28: Three people died and two were injured when a small plane carrying them home from a cheerleading competition crashed into two Southern California homes and sparked a major fire, authorities said.

Smart homes

February 24, 2017 11:14 am

Imagine coming home from a long day’s work and you open the door, and the lights immediately turn on a shade past dim – just the way you like it. It’s 8:00 pm by the time you freshen up and as you sit down in the living room to relax, your sound system automatically turns on your favorite tune.

KATHMANDU, Jan 31: Experts have stressed on raising public awareness on the benefits of building earthquake-resilient buildings at the community level as a strategy to reduce disaster risks in the long run.

KATHMANDU, Dec 24: Chaudhary Foundation (CF) has handed over 266 transitional shelter homes (under CG Ashraya) and two school buildings (under CG Shikshyalaya) in earthquake-affected areas in Dhading district. The homes were built for quake-affected communities of Baseri, which was one of the most-affected VDCs in last year’s earthquake.

Fire destroys 32 homes in Tehrathum

December 17, 2016 08:42 am

TEHRATHUM (REP-UBLICA): A massive fire in Atharai, Sakranti Bazaar-6 of Tehrathum district on Friday morning gutted 32 houses. No one was injured, according to the Area Police Office (APO), Athrai.

GULMI, Nov 29: The local authorities rescued four girls including a teenager who fled from their homes to find work.

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.

SINDHUPALCHOWK, Oct 28: They could not celebrate Tihar last year as they neither had a proper house to live in or enough food to eat.

KATHMANDU, July 24: Electricity will have dominant share in Nepali households by 2030, according to energy demand forecast study conducted by the government.

KATHMANDU, June 29: Though the devastating earthquakes last year damaged nearly 800,000 houses, only 18 individuals have taken advantage of a subsidized loan scheme under which only 2 percent interest is charged.

BIRATNAGAR, June 21: Incessant rainfall from Monday has inundated over five hundred houses in five districts - Morang, Sunsari, Jhapa, Udaypur and Dhankuta - of eastern Nepal. The floods have severely affected lives in these districts while causing obstruction of transportation services as well.