Goldhap fire victims get cash support ; UNHCR Chief visits Pathri


The Government of Nepal (GoN) has provided Rs 1500 each for every burnt house in Goldhap camp, Wednesday.

As assured by Chief District Officer of Jhapa district, Sashi Shekhar Shrestha yesterday, the support has been made available to the fire- affected refugees through the disaster management fund, Camp Secretary Chiranjibi Rai told Bhutan News Service.

“In the initial phase, refugees have received Rs 1500 for every damaged hut from the District Administration Office,” Rai said.

The Nepal Red Cross Society has provided plastic for making temporary tents. The displaced refugees have been taking shelter in the camp school and community forest at the close vicinity of the camp.

Meanwhile, Caritas Nepal has taken all students appearing for this year’s School Leaving Certificates (SLC) to a local school, where they will be housed throughout their examinations.

According to the Caritas, 79 students are writing the SLC examinations start from Thursday until April 3.

“We will support their transportation, shelter and food throughout their exams period, by keeping them outside the camp,” Secondary Education Coordinator LN Pokhrel, who reached the camp earlier today, told.

Meanwhile, the Country Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees visited Sanischare camp this afternoon.

The UNHCR Chief personally met some of the fire victims in the camp and listened at their problems, according to the BNS correspondent.

Camp Secretary Campa Singh Rai said, “He has assured all possible supports to the displaced refugees mobilizing all the partner organisations.”

Chief District Officer (CDO) of Morang district Suresh Adhikari informed the calculated loss in the Sanischare camp was Rs 920,000.

“So far we have received ration and some eateries. The fire victims are expecting more to rebuild their huts,” the Camp Secretary added.

According to CDO Adhikari, 102 huts in the Sanischare camp were gutted by fire, while 25 were dismantled to prevent the further damage on Tuesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the UNHCR and GoN have been preparing to expedite the consolidation of the Goldhap camp into Beldangi camps.

“The displaced refugees from Goldhap will be taken to Beldangi camps very soon,” a highly placed source told BNS, “We are not providing the construction materials to fire victims of this camp.”

(With inputs from Tilak Niraula in Goldhap and Lakpa Tamang in Sanischare)