Kathmandu, May 5
The National Council on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management has directed all concerned government bodies to arrange for necessary preparedness to reduce disaster risks. The meeting presided over by Council Chairman and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli directed all bodes at the federal, provincial and local levels to ensure disaster preparedness in view of nearing monsoon season.
The home ministry is directed to bring an umbrella act to wipe out duplication in the distribution of relief materials and making necessary arrangements in the aftermath of the monsoon-related disasters.
Development of integrated data and information system on disaster was underscored by the meeting.
The home ministry made presentation on its disaster preparedness and the loss caused by the calamities, including earthquakes, lightning and recent storm that hit Bara and Parsa districts.
At the meeting, PM Oli urged every government office to equip itself with resources to cope with natural disasters.
Development of integrated settlements, resilient housing, effective mobilisation of security personnel for timely rescue operation, and relief distribution were significant matters, he reminded.
He informed that for emergency rescue, arrangement was made to keep helicopters on standby in places like Itahari, Pokhara and Sukhet The PM informed that Nepali Army had been entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring shelter for the survivors of the recent powerful storm that wreaked havoc in Bara and Parsa districts. NA was given such responsibility following his field inspection to the affected areas.
NA, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force are the institutions on which he could rely on during an emergency, he said.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Ishwor Pokhrel, Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa, line ministers and provincial chief ministers were present on the occasion.
The council formed in accordance with the Disaster Risk Mitigation and Management Act-2017 shall meet at least twice a year.
A version of this article appears in print on May 06, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.