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Government to expedite rescue, relief operation

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, July 13

A meeting of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Executive Council led by Minister of Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa in Singha Durbar today decided to expedite search, rescue and relief operations in disaster-hit districts.

Minister Thapa said the government was working in line with the disaster preparedness and response plan by mobilising the local administration and security agencies. The meeting also decided to adopt a one-door system for distribution of relief materials to disaster affected people.

Home Secretary Prem Kumar Rai said the concerned local levels were mandated to provide relief to flood, landslide and other rain-induced disaster victims through the concerned district disaster management committees.

The government is also coordinating with provincial governments to make the search, rescue and relief operations effective.

“The government will initiate reconstruction and recovery works after completion of search, rescue and relief operations,” Secretary Rai told mediapersons.

The meeting also decided to clear the highways blocked by landslides and floods in different parts of the country.

He said the government would deploy additional medical teams with drugs and other logistics in disaster-hit areas to prevent outbreak of waster-borne diseases.

The Disaster Victim Rescue and Relief Standards (sixth amendment) requires the concerned district disaster management committee to provide cash relief of Rs 100,000, including other facilities, to the grieving family of each victim killed in the disaster.

The provincial and local governments may also provide relief in cash or kind to disaster victims.

A version of this article appears in print on July 14, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

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