Home Minister Poudel directs authorities to prepare for damage minimization of natural disaster

Published On: July 2, 2021 12:30 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, July 2: Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bishnu Prasad Poudel has instructed the officials concerned to prepare in advance for minimizing all kinds of damage caused by natural disasters. He also directed them to give high priority to rescue, relief and rehabilitation.

In a meeting related to natural disasters held at the Ministry of Home Affairs on Thursday, Home Minister Poudel directed the officials to make necessary preparations by paying special attention to the risk created by heavy rains in different parts of the country.

He said that the government would make all possible efforts for immediate rescue and relief to those at risk due to the disasters and directed the agencies concerned to work effectively and be result-oriented.

Minister Poudel said that there would be no shortage of resources for relief and rescue and urged the agencies working under the ministry to focus on minimizing the casualties before and after disasters.

Stressing the need for coordination among different ministries and various agencies for relief and rescue, he also urged them to create an environment where no one is deprived of the relief provided by the government.

He said that preparations are being made to bring an integrated action plan for minimizing the damage caused by natural disasters. He directed the officials to work out a timetable for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the blocked roads.

Similarly, he also directed them to make immediate preparations as well as move ahead with the long-term plan to avoid disasters in the future.

Home Ministry Secretary Maheshwar Neupane said there was no shortage of resources for relief and rescue as the fund for the purpose has more than Rs 5 billion.

He said that an integrated plan will be implemented including the work done for the damage, rescue and relief, operation of the disrupted services and the work to be done for effective results.

During the meeting, Chief Executive of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA), Anil Pokhrel said that preparations have been made to move ahead with the rehabilitation and reconstruction works after ascertaining the details of the damage caused by the recent floods and landslides across the country.


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