Lalitpur Metropolitan Gets Multipurpose Evacuation Center


Date Publish: 
Monday, January 21, 2019

21 January 2019, Kathmandu Lalitpur Metropolitan City - Bungamati is to get a multipurpose evacuation center as part of a Thai-funded International Organization for Migration (IOM) programme to build eight evacuation centers in earthquake-affected districts of Nepal.

Speaking at a groundbreaking ceremony today (21/1) in Bungamati, UN Resident Coordinator for Nepal Valerie Julliand said that Nepal is among the 20th most disaster-prone countries in the world. “With recent disasters - the flooding of 2017 and the earthquake of 2015 - it is crucial for us to be prepared to provide humanitarian assistance to displaced populations and to build resilience for future disasters,” she noted.  

The 2015 earthquakes displaced approximately 2.8 million people. Some 117,700 people in the 14 worst-affected districts were forced to find shelter in makeshift camps. 2017 saw heavy rains resulting in flooding across 35 of Nepal’s 77 districts. Over 190,000 houses were destroyed or partially damaged, displacing tens of thousands of people and leaving many homeless.

“With the onset of any disaster or emergency, this earthquake resistant center will be used to provide shelter for displaced people, with priority given to the most vulnerable, including pregnant women, children, people with special needs and the elderly,” said IOM Nepal Chief of Mission Paul Norton.

“As a co-lead for camp coordination and camp management in humanitarian emergencies, IOM Nepal aims to contribute to the government’s efforts in disaster risk reduction and management. We are confident with this initiative at the local level that we will be able to help build the resilience of the community in Lalitpur Metropolitan City,” he added.

The center will also serve as a venue for community activities, including women and youth groups, community-based training, recreational pursuits, adult literacy classes, information dissemination and income generating activities.

“This project is a symbol of friendship and cooperation between Thailand and Nepal and our countries have always enjoyed such close and cordial relations. As we now celebrate 60th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Nepal, I would like to emphasize that Thailand will always stand by our friend, Nepal, for closer bonds between the two countries and peoples” said Royal Thai Embassy to Nepal Charge d’ Affaires Tanaphum Leelaporn.

Thanking the Thai Government and people of Thailand for their love and support to the Nepalese people, Mayor of Lalitpur Metropolitan City Chiribabu Maharjan assured to make the best use of the Center for community wellbeing once it is handed over to the Government.

IOM plans to build similar multipurpose structures in seven other municipalities in earthquake affected districts – Shankarapur, Kathmandu; Changunarayan, Bhaktapur; Gorkha Municipality, Gorkha; Neelkantha, Dhading; Gosainkunda Gaunpalika, Rasuwa; Chautara, Sindhupalchowk; and Bhimeswor, Dolakha. The project complements an ongoing UNDP project in the same areas.

The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by senior officials from the Home Ministry, Ministry of Urban Development, the District Office, UN, media, CSOs, students, youth and women’s groups, as well as the local community.


For further information please contact: 
Paul I. Norton at IOM Nepal, Tel. +977 1 4426250, Email: or
Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC) Tel +977 1 4211673, Email: