Lalitpur Metropolitan Gets Multipurpose Evacuation Center
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 20 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.
“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.