KARNALI, Nov 6: The Karnali provincial government has given continuity to the search, rescue and relief efforts of the earthquake victims in the province. Chief Minister Raj Kumar Sharma said members of the Council of Ministers of the province were working in the quake affected areas. Following the conclusion of the search and rescue efforts, the rehabilitation of the victims would be carried forward, he said.
The chief minister visited the quake-affected areas of Jajarkot on Monday morning. He will visit the affected areas of other districts as per the need, he said. Minister for Economic Affairs and Planning Bedraj Singh has been at work in the affected areas in Jajarkot since Saturday.
Minister for Internal Affairs and Law Krishna Bahadur GC and Minister for Social Development Khadga Bahadur Pokharel have been coordinating rescue and relief work in Surkhet. They are carrying out a range of work from collecting and ensuring supply of relief materials.
Relief materials are being supplied through a one-door system to the affected areas from Surkhet airport, said CM Sharma.
Minister for Land Management, Agriculture and Cooperatives Bhim Prakash Sharma is at work in Rukum West and Salyan while Minister for Water Resources and Energy Urmila Bishwokarma is looking after the management of drinking water in the affected areas, said GC, who is also the provincial government spokesperson. According to Minister GC, the ministry will repair water supply projects damaged by the quake.
Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Urban Development Mangal Bahadur Shahi has been collecting and recording data of physical infrastructure damaged by the disaster in Jajarkot and Rukum West. Minister for Industry, Tourism and Environment Krishna Bahadur BC is assisting Shahi, said GC. Funds are being collected from various sectors for the affected areas, and the funds allocated by the provincial government would be sent to the respective local levels within a few days, he added.
One hundred fifty three people were killed in the 6.4 magnitude earthquake with its epicenter at Ramidanda of Barekot Rural Municipality in Jajarkot district. The quake took place on November 3 at 11:47 pm.
According to the Karnali Province Police Office, Surkhet, 910 buildings were completely damaged and 2,861 partially damaged by the quake. Two hundred and forty six people were injured by the quake. Among them, 146 people have returned home after treatment, said the police.