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Barpak rises again

More than 50 percent of the people here have now rebuilt their houses. Though there are still people waiting for the government grant, a majority of the population is engaged in rebuilding.

 

Barpak, April 25: Hundreds of people living in and around here gathered at the school playground at the center of Barpak to mark the third anniversary of earthquake that struck central Nepal on April 25 2015.

 

The devastating earthquake killed 72 people in this picturesque village situated on a hill-top at an altitude of 1,900 meters (6,200 feet) in the northern part of Gorkha district. About 150 people got injured and damaged the entire village with a very few concrete houses standing strong.

 

More than 50 percent of the people here have now rebuilt their houses. Though there are still people waiting for the government grant, a majority of the population is engaged in rebuilding.

 

As per the available data, out of 1,396 families in the beneficiaries’ list, 92 percent have received the first tranche while 67 percent and 40 percent have received the second and third tranche respectively.

 

The memorial service began with a one-minute silence in memory of those who lost their lives.

 

The local host kicked off the program by saying that the Barpakis have neither been able to forget the devastating earthquake nor do they want to remember the dreadful experience they went through.

 

Addressing the function, Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Barsha Man Pun said that Barpak would become a school to learn safer rebuilding post-earthquake for future generation.

 

“The devastation caused by the earthquake is no doubt a very sad incident,” Minister Pun said, “But, it is important to learn from the disaster and rebuild to ensure a safer future.”

 

Saying that people in Barpak have once again proved that they can rise to the occasion, Pun praised the people here for keeping the hopes alive. He also requested the local residents to focus on building a new Barpak to attract more tourists in the future.

 

Member of the Executive Committee of the National Reconstruction Authority Dr. Hari Ram Parajuliinformed that the construction of a memorial park and a museum are in the pipeline.


Expressing his satisfaction on the overall reconstruction in the last two years, Dr. Parajuli said that the NRA is working on addressing the grievances by sending engineers for surveying the actual situation.

 

Bir Bahadur Ghale, a local entrepreneur who pioneered the local micro-hydro in Barpak, said that a lot needs to be done to ensure that Barpak remains one of the major tourist attractions in the country. “For this, the federal government, local governments and the local people need to work together,” he said.

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