Govt prepares response plan against ‘heat wave'

Published On: May 22, 2024 07:01 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, May 22: The government has developed and implemented a risk reduction and response plan related to heat waves or 'heat waves' at a rapid pace, as the heat rises in the country of late. 

Anil Pokharel, chief executive officer of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA) said that the first response plan related to 'heat wave' has been developed and implemented from today. The response plan was completed on Tuesday itself.

He said that in the event of a disaster, a team of health workers with medicines from the local municipality will be immediately mobilized as per the response plan. So far, while no specific preparatory work has been done on the matter of 'heat wave', this year a response plan has been prepared and implemented to deal with it. 

According to NDRRMA Chief Executive Officer Pokharel, an action plan has been prepared and the district disaster management committees and the local governments and health offices are more responsible for implementing it.

In the action plan, conducting disaster prevention and mitigation dialogues at the district level, spreading awareness about measures to avoid heatstroke, distributing water by establishing health desks for this, keeping local health institutions ready for first aid, controlling congestion, warning people not to walk too much under the sun, keeping cool at the workplace. There are facilities to be provided, passengers to be kept only according to the capacity of the seats in the public vehicles, arrangement of fans, creation of working environment in the morning and evening if possible. 

According to Pokharel, a team led by Bharatmani Pandey, joint secretary of the NDRRMA's Policy Planning and Monitoring Division, has prepared the response plan. He said that the ministry has given the necessary instructions to act according to this plan in every district. 

Pokharel said that heat waves cause more damage indirectly than directly. In Nepal, the maximum temperature is increasing by 0.052 per cent annually. Meteorologists have said that the minimum temperature is also increasing by 0.002 per cent. Similarly, 22 districts of Nepal's Terai region are more affected by the heat wave. This year, the weather department has announced that the hot weather will intensify and the rainfall will also increase. Therefore, the response plan has been developed and implemented to save the lives of the citizens from the heat and prevent it from affecting people's lives.


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