Parliamentarians call for effective early preparedness for disaster risk reduction

Published On: June 19, 2023 03:45 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, June 19: Parliamentarians have drawn the government's attention to the urgent need for effective early preparedness regarding Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) as the monsoon has already arrived in the country, making monsoon-induced disasters likely.

It should be noted that the monsoon entered Nepal on June 15 this year and has now spread to the eastern and central parts of the country. Monsoon-induced disasters are occurring in various areas in the eastern part of the country, resulting in loss of lives and property.

During the Zero Hour of the House of Representatives (HoR) today, the parliamentarians emphasized the importance of identifying vulnerable settlements and relocating residents to safer places before disasters occur.

They urged the government to develop and implement an effective action plan to minimize damages caused by disasters and to enhance disaster operations, including search and rescue, relief distribution, resettlement, and rehabilitation.

Rajendra KC suggested that the government should implement an action plan for search and rescue, relief distribution, and reconstruction of damaged infrastructure caused by disasters.

Similarly, Bhanubhakta Joshi stated that Bajhang district, a hilly district in Sudurpaschim Province, is prone to natural disasters, and thus called for the relocation of residents in such areas.

Bhopur in Jay Prithivi Municipality, Satyabadi School premises, Dadagaun in Bithadchir rural municipality, Deval, and Kanda in Surma rural municipality were identified as high-risk areas for natural disasters. He urged the government to pay timely attention to disaster risk reduction.

Man Bahadur Gurung appealed to the government to regularly monitor the watershed area of Madi and Seti River in Kaski district, as well as the glacier lake, and improve the effectiveness of early warning systems.

"Monsoon has already started, and disasters happen unexpectedly. Major disasters occurred in the eastern area, including Taplejung and Sankhuwasabha, last night. There is a possibility of further disasters in the coming days. The government should give it due attention," he emphasized.

Manish Jha stressed the need to relocate settlements vulnerable to disasters to safer locations, as fear has taken hold of people in mountain districts. He also called for more effective disaster preparedness.

Similarly, Manbir Rai requested the government to inform the parliament about the disasters in the eastern districts and provide relief to affected people promptly.

Bimala Subedi brought attention to the residents of Banchadanda, who are facing various health problems due to a landfill site that violates set standards for waste disposal.

Mahesh Kumar Bartaula urged the government to ensure equal access to health services for all citizens.

Metmani Chaudhary demanded a reliable market for farmers' produce and initiatives to address their pressing issues, while Menaka Kumari Pokhrel expressed concern over the government's decision to withdraw a case related to the physical assault against TU teacher Prem Chalaune.

Maina Karki drew the government's attention to the immediate need for implementing measures to reduce road accidents, while Mangal Prasad Gupta urged prompt resolution of issues faced by sugarcane farmers.

Raghuji Pant demanded that the government take preventive measures against possible physical assaults and abuses by student unions against university faculty members. He highlighted the rising cases of physical assaults and abuses targeting university teachers and officials.

Sunita Baral expressed concern over the government's decision to withdraw a case related to the physical abuse against TU lecturer Prem Chalaune, and demanded that the government ensure a safe atmosphere in universities.

Meena Tamang, Mukta Kumari Yadav, Manju Sharma Ansari, Ranedra Baraili, Ranju Kumari Jha, Ram Kumar Yadav, Rupa Shoshi Chaudhary, Roshan Karki, Rekha Yadav, Lal Prasad Sawa Limbu, and Leelanath Shrestha were among those who raised various contemporary issues in the House session, drawing the government's attention.



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