NRCS launches heatwave response efforts in various parts of country

Published On: June 13, 2024 03:57 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, June 13:  Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) has launched actions against the heatwave in Nepalgunj of Banke, Siddarthanagar of Rupandehi, Dhangadhi of Kailali, and Biratnagar of Morang.  

The heatwave response action initiatives in different districts are technically and financially assisted by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). 

The heat action initiatives include public awareness of the implications of heat, precautions against the impact, and the supplies of drinking water in public spaces. 

Fatigue and weakness, dizziness, severe headache, nausea, muscle cramps, limbs or facial swelling, a fast heartbeat, and even unconsciousness are the implications of the heat wave that also may cause skin rashes, yellowish urine, breathing complications, low blood pressure levels, and high fever. 

As the IFRC said, the heat action initiatives are specially targeted at marginalized communities. 

At a program organized on Wednesday, on the occasion of the Heat Action Day, Azmat Ulla, Head of Delegation, IFRC in Nepal, echoed the need to promote and utilize indigenous knowledge and skills in the response to heatwave impacts. 

David Mann, acting director for the Environment and Resilience Office, USAID, said local awareness is vital in the response against heat waves when the temperature rise has been a global concern due to climate change. 

NRCS Chairperson Sudarshan Prasad Nepal said the initiatives against heat wave impact are underway in cooperation with the local governments while National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority's Chief Executive Officer Anil Pokhrel called for considering the impact of heatwave more seriously. He pressed to make the locals aware of the consequences of heatwave through the dissemination of informative materials in local languages. He also advised social sites and FM radio towards that end.


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