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Home Ministry urges for coordination in disaster management


Jul 13, 2018

Kathmandu, July 13 (RSS): The Ministry of Home Affairs has urged the provincial governments, the district disaster management committee and the local levels to enhance alertness and coordination to effectively deal with natural disasters like floods, landslides and inundation as well as problems arising out of the disasters.
A stakeholders’ meeting held at the ministry on Thursday in the aftermath of the impact of the flood in various parts of the country following incessant rains has decided to activate bodies like dissemination of prior information on rainfall, the national emergency operation centre and the department of hydrology and meteorology. Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa chaired the meeting.
The meeting decided that the chief district officer shall play a leading role in the district for mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in the development works and for carrying out effective disaster response and have it implemented as well as operating disaster management-friendly local administration.
Likewise, the meeting decided to keep the helicopters of the Nepalese Army and the human resources and logistics of the Armed Police Force on standby for rescue works. The Department of Health Services would also keep the essential medicines and doctors’ teams in ready position for this purpose.
A press release issued by the Ministry spokesman Ram Krishna Subedi at the conclusion of the meeting stated that various districts including the three districts of the Kathmandu Valley have been affected by the heavy rains on Wednesday night. It said that the flood and landslide displaced families would be provided an immediate assistance at the rate of Rs 10,000 and to continue with the search and rescue operation for the missing people.

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