In a time when Mother Nature seems to want to wipe us from her face, human beings have a habit of coming though in spades.
Two billionaires, who are originally from India but who now live in the UK, have offered to build 1,200 earthquake-resistant houses in the affected villages of Nepal.
Mukesh Kumar Sehgal, managing director of UK-based SISMO Company has offered 1,000 quake-resistant houses, while, Shree Prakash Lohia, founder and chairman of Indorama Corporation offered to build 200 houses through his Lohia Foundation.
Sehgal met Nepal’s Acting Ambassador to Britain, Tej Bahadur Chettri, on Friday to discuss the building of his 1,000 quake-resistant houses in Nepal to help combat this ongoing tragedy.
Sehgal said, “Our company is well experienced in building houses with new technology and if Nepal government accepts the offer, he will start construction of houses in remote areas that are severely hit.” I cannot foresee any circumstance which would prevent the Nepalese government from refusing this most generous offer and is just another show of the value of human compassion in moments of tragedy.
Sehgal would not stop there however saying, “Initially we will construct temporary houses so that affected people can be relocated. Later once debris is cleared, we will build the new settlement.”
Sehgal and Lohia are not however the only billionaires who feel the urge to help in this ongoing process. Nepali billionaire businessman, Upendra Mahato, has pledged 150 million rupees, roughly £150,000, in assistance to the relief effort and he has committed to helping in the rehabilitation of the earthquake victims.
Mahato is the founding President of Non Resident Nepali Association, which is primarily focused on investing in Nepalese exports, imports, tariffs and other trade related benefits which can be provided to the people and government of Nepal.
“30 million rupees will be spent on immediate relief package such as tents, food stuff and clothing.” He would also add that, “120 million rupees will be spent for the construction of quake-resistant school buildings in the highly affected region,”
The number of houses destroyed in the quake-hit Nepal is over 160,000, nearly twice the number of households wrecked in the 1934’s deadly earthquake that has been the country’s worst disaster of all times.
At least 7,056 people have been confirmed dead from the 7.9-magnitude quake while the number of injured has reached 14,227, making the April 25 quake the country’s worst in almost a century.