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Rebuilding lives after 2009 earthquake

Pema Namgay, Kanglung
Sep 27, 2012

The September 21 earthquake in 2009 caused major damages in Narang Gewog under Monggar Dzongkhag. It was one of the worst hit Gewogs. The Gewog is still recovering from the damages caused by the 6.3 magnitude earthquake. Around 90 percent of the homes destroyed have been rebuilt.

There are a few of them still living in temporary huts. Sonam Rinchen is one of them. He said he received some help from the government but he was unable to rebuilt his house due to shortage of laborers.

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Meanwhile, the 2009 earthquake has led to a change in the housing design and the use of construction materials in the gewog. Before the earthquake, they used to build two storied houses. But now many people are opting to build single storied houses using mud instead of stones. The new design are more earthquake resilient, they say. “If we construct houses with stones, it gets damaged easily during earthquake,” said Tshering Bumpa, a resident of Narang.

Apart from rural homes, the earthquake also damaged the gewog’s school and Basic Health Unit (BHU) in 2009. The reconstruction works for the School has resumed. The dzongkhag has terminated the initial contractor and the construction work has been retendered. The school is expected to be ready by the end of this year. Several temporary huts are still serving as classrooms for the students since 2009.

The reconstruction works for the BHU is also in full swing. Currently, health services are provided through temporary huts constructed soon after the earthquake.

2 Comments for “Rebuilding lives after 2009 earthquake”

  1. Shakarp

    The reconstruction of home lost to the same quake under paro Dzongkahg have been affected by the poor response from the Dzongkhag. some houses which was required to dismantle and reconstruct are given half the sum of insurance and CGI sheets while some requiring only major maintenance are given the full support including insurance and CGIs. The Gup doesnt care and the Dzongkhag doesnt bother.

    It would be good for media to intervene and dig out the details for the welfare of the people and to correct the system.

  2. dorji

    Innocent iliterate, farmers, and poor people are the only victims from natural earthquake and unatural greedy people who eat fund money from near and far. Who bothers? and if one bothers, he will be the losers. Just take what you are given, the last option. I wish if there are much better and responsible people who think of others as themeselves when they have chance to work for those victim people. Thank you !

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