Kathmandu, November 23
The National Planning Commission (NPC) is gearing up to host a donors’ meet in the first week of December to update donor agencies on the monsoon damages this year and possible recovery measures.
NPC Spokesperson Tulasi Gautam informed that a meeting with donors to this effect has been planned to share the post-flood findings among different donor agencies.
“A meeting with donors has been planned for December first week. The meeting will primarily focus on informing about the flood damages and post-flood recovery processes to donor agencies rather than seeking aid commitments from them,” said Gautam.
As per him, the donors’ meet aims to showcase post-flood recovery plans of the government, which will facilitate the donor agencies in the country to carry out various projects accordingly.
Nonetheless, NPC expects that the donor agencies will facilitate the government in the post-flood recovery processes via different line ministries.
The massive floods between August 11 and 14 had incurred damages worth Rs 61.84 billion, especially in 18 highly-affected districts in Tarai. As per the Post Flood Recovery Needs Assessment (PFRNA) unveiled by NPC on November 14, almost 53 per cent of the total damage was in the housing sector alone.
Similarly, the PFRNA had stated that the country would require almost Rs 73.22 billion for the recovery from the damage.
NPC officials said that the meeting with donors will help the government to set a roadmap of the recovery process. The government is planning to undertake the recovery within two to three years.
“The post-flood recovery process can only be expedited with collaborative efforts from the government and donor agencies,” said Gautam.
Meanwhile, the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) is also preparing to initiate different post-flood reconstruction tasks. NRA has already formed a dedicated cell under the coordination of Suman Kumar Karna to look after the post-flood reconstruction in different Tarai districts.
The massive floods earlier this year had claimed the lives of 134 people in various districts of the country and affected altogether 1.7 million people.
A version of this article appears in print on November 24, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.