Over 1,700 quake-damaged houses pulled down in Nepal

Nepalese resident Kamala Shrestha (Left), 50, makes lunch in the tea stall where she is now sleeping as a contractor discusses the demolition of the building where she lived after it was damaged during an earthquake in the Thamel area of Kathmandu.

KATHMANDU - Joint teams of security forces under the Nepal Army have intensified the demolition of earthquake-damaged buildings, posing threats to the people and properties nearby.

A total of 1,753 houses have been pulled down in the 14 worst-hit districts. According to the Army, 519 have been demolished in Sindhupalchok - the highest number of houses, followed by 270 in Nuwakot, 193 (Sindhuli) and 124 ( Dhading).

Similarly, the teams have demolished 329 earthquake destroyed houses in the Kathmandu Valley, including 162 in Bhaktapur, 96 in Lalipur and 71 in Kathmandu until Saturday evening.

The government had last week formed an apex committee, comprising members from the Home Ministry, Federal Affairs and Local Development Ministry, Physical Infrastructure and Transportation Ministry, the Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and local bodies.

The demolition is carried out after the municipalities, upon assessing the status of the houses, report to the security forces through district administration office.

Security forces have so far built 1,746 temporary houses, including 279 in Sindhupalchok and 267 in Kavrepalanchok in coordination with the locals, the Army said in a statement.