Kathmandu, Sept 17: Home Minister Bal Krishna Khand has directed the government bodies concerned to carry out rescue of the affected ones by flood and landslide that took place at different places of Achham district. He also directed them to continue the search operations to find the missing ones.
The Home Minister Khand asked the local administration to immediately send a helicopter for the rescue of the injured people. He directed the Home Secretary Tek Narayan Pandey, Chief of Security and Coordination Division, Phanindra Pokharel, and Chief of Disaster and Conflict Management Division, Pradeep Koirala, to make necessary arrangements for mobilization of the helicopter.
Similarly, Home Minister Khand telephoned Chief District Officer of Achham, Bishwo Raj Marasini, and District Police Chief, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Narayan Dangi, and enquired with them about today's incident.
Home Minister Khand asked them not to leave any stone unturned in rescuing the injured people, shifting the affected people to safer places and ensuring arrangement of medicines, treatment and food supplies. He also asked them to write to the Home Ministry immediately if the means and resources available in the district were insufficient to cope with the disaster.
Over a dozen people have died and a few others have gone missing in the landslides that took place at Kamalbazaar Municipality, Dhakari and Turmakhand rural municipalities in the district, according to the Home Minister's personal secretariat.
CDO Marasini said it has been difficult to carry out rescue operations due to incessant rainfall.