Don’t hinder flood relief bids: Kahane

Kathmandu, August 10:

The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Matthew Kahane has expressed relief over the current status of the flood-hit areas as there has been no reports of epidemics or health-related complications caused by the floods. He urged all concerned not to hinder flood relief measures.

After his three-day visit to the eastern region to assess the effects of the floods and

the potential longer-term humanitarian consequences of this natural disaster, Kahane expressed the relief, stated a press release issued today by the United Nations Information Centre.

Although encouraged by the fact that affected families had resumed their daily agricultural and employment activities, including rice planting, he was concerned whether the flood victims had enough resources to re-establish their livelihoods without additional help, it stated. “It is essential that relief work is not interfered with by any individuals or groups of people and I urge all parties in the flood-affected districts to allow humanitarian and development workers to carry on their activities without fear or any form of interference. Bandhs and intimidation obviously hinder relief work directly,” the release stated, quoting Kahane. The release said, Kahane witnessed effective assessments being done by the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS), the Police, the Armed Police, and community volunteers under the overall coordination of the CDOs with resources provided by the Government, international and national Non-Governmental Organisations (I/NGOs) and the United Nations (UN) as well as local private entrepreneurs through the NRCS.

As the floodwaters have receded, there is a need for detailed assessment under the supervision of the District Administration and with the support of the NGOs, UN, NRCS and other technical people to assess the losses.