KATHMANDU, Oct 19: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has directed the authorities concerned to make arrangements for immediate rescue and relief of those affected by floods and inundation after heavy rains in different parts of the country.
As Prime Minister Deuba has given the instruction to the Minister of Home Affairs, Bal Krishna Khand, the latter has instructed all the bodies concerned to work on reducing the risk of disasters and protecting the lives of people. Minister Khand has directed all security agencies and local administrations to work without any shortcomings in the rescue and relief work.
Anil Pokharel, chief of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA) said that the ministry has assured full support for the relief and rescue work under the direction of the home minister.
The security agencies and the local administrations of the affected districts are engaged in disaster management. NDRRMA chief Pokharel said that people in the affected areas had requested for rescue by helicopters in different districts and that a necessary process had been initiated as per the demand.
According to him, the western region of Nepal has been affected severely by the change of weather across the country since October 17. Seti, Mahakali, Karnali, West Rapti and other major rivers and their tributaries have swollen due to incessant rains.