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NDMA Vice Chairman hands over pre-fabricated shelters to Ladakh AHDC

By Manoj Kumar Ramesh

Leh, Dec.24 (ANI): National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Vice Chairman M. Shashidhar Reddy has handed over sixteen prefabricated shelters to the Ladhak Autonomous Hill Development Council (AHDC) in the aftermath of the cloudburst and flash floods in Leh.

The shelters, constructed by NDMA with funds from Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF), will be utilized for community and educational institutions.

After the cloudburst and flashflood in Leh an amount of Rs.5 crores was sanctioned by Prime Minister from the PM's National Relief Fund (PMNRF) in October for the erection of pre-fabricated shelters.

NDMA undertook the work of erection of pre-fabricated community shelters at different locations on the sites identified by the State Government and the local administration.

This was a challenging task to be completed before the onset of winter, which is very severe in that region.

The work was completed by NDMA in a very short time of about six weeks through Hindustan Prefab Ltd (HPL), a Government PSU under the Ministry of Housing and Poverty Alleviation who was entrusted with this job.

Rigzin Spalbar has expressed his gratitude on behalf of all the beneficiaries for these shelters and the role played by NDMA and NDRF during the disaster.

Shashidhar Reddy has assured them to take their request on additional shelters to the notice of Prime Minister for seeking funds and take up the work during next year.

Reddy further assured them of all necessary help in the field of raising community awareness and capacity building.

As per the local authorities the average rainfall in this area is only 10 to 12 mm. But due to increasing trend in the rainfall, there is a possibility of the roofs of the local houses, traditionally made of mud bricks, getting badly damaged.

Responding to the concerns expressed in this regard, Reddy has assured them that he will get this issue examined by the experts to find some solution to this problem. (ANI)

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