Nepal | July 04, 2020

PM directs security bodies to rescue victims immediately

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

PM Sher Bahadur Deuba addresses Legislature Parliament on Monday, July 10, 2017. Photo: RSS

Kathmandu, August 12

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba today instructed all four security agencies to immediately rescue people affected by floods in various districts.

The PM held a meeting with line ministers and top bureaucrats in the evening and issued this instruction, according to a press release issued by the PM’s Secretariat. Home Minister Janardan Sharma, Defence Minister Bhimsen Das Pradhan, and chiefs of Nepal Police, Nepali Army, Armed Police Force and National Investigation Department were present at the meeting.

According to the release, the PM told the chiefs of security agencies that flooding had caused huge loss of life and property in the Tarai districts and the chiefs of security agencies should go to Tarai districts and lead the relief and rescue operation. “You all should not remain here now, but go to the Tarai to carry out relief and rescue operation in a coordinated manner,” the release quoted the PM as telling the chiefs of security agencies.

The PM also instructed ministers and bureaucrats to identify vulnerable areas and adopt precautionary measures.

The PM told the chiefs of security agencies that the government was ready to provide all necessary help in relief and rescue operations.

The PM also told the participants to take the help of civil society in relief and rescue operations.

According to the release, Home Minister Janardan Sharma told the PM that 80 per cent of flood-affected areas were inundated and government agencies had not been able to fly helicopters to the flood-affected areas due to bad weather.

Chief of Army Staff Rajendra Chhetri told the PM that although the Nepali Army could not use helicopters due to bad weather, he had kept relief and rescue teams on standby at all the airports.

Earlier, PM Deuba had instructed the chief district officers of flood affected districts to provide assistance to flood victims and transfer affected people to safer places.

The PM sent a condolence message to those families who lost their loved ones in the natural disaster.

The PM also urged all Nepalis to show solidarity in this hour of grief.

The Ministry of Home Affairs is focused on rescue and has centralised all its mechanisms such as Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and Nepali Army for that. “First and foremost, we are focused on saving lives,” said MoHA Spokesperson Dipak Kafle.

Talking to The Himalayan Times he added that the government would also focus on saving vital infrastructure such as highway bridges — the lifeline of the entire country.  He said that the Gachhiya bridge of Itahari and Bagmati bridge in Sarlahi were vulnerable and the government had taken measures to save them from the rising level of water in those rivers.

Kafle also said adverse climate was obstructing rescue and relief operations. “It has not been possible to land helicopter in most of the affected areas,” he said. MoHA also issued warnings to people in vulnerable areas to go to safer places.

The ministry mentioned that Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Saptari, Rautahat, Sarlahi, Dang and Banke districts were affected by floods.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affair Krishna Bahadur Mahara tweeted: Requested government of India through the Ambassador in Kathmandu to open all gates of dams to prevent further damage by inundation in the Tarai.

A version of this article appears in print on August 13, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Nepal's Covid-19 recovery rate sees improvement in the last 7 days

KATHMANDU: Nepal has witnessed a relatively significant rise in the number of COVID-19 recovery cases in the last seven days, compared to the past weeks, adding a glimmer of hope as the nation as a whole grapples with the rapidly rising number of positive cases. In the last week alone, as many as Read More...

Responding to COVID-19’s impact on remittances

July 3, 2020 Remittances are very crucial to many low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs). Though these financial flows somewhat demonstrated their resilience during the global financial crisis of 2008 and the Ebola epidemic of 2014, they have been under threat in recent months by the COVI Read More...

Sane completes move to Bayern from Manchester City

MUNICH: Leroy Sane has completed his move to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich from Manchester City, the German club announced on Friday. Sane, 24, had signed a five-year deal with Bayern that would keep him at the club until 2025, the club said on their website. Financial terms of t Read More...

Locusts devour crops on 1,100 hectares

KATHMANDU, JULY 3 Desert locusts have damaged crops cultivated on 1,100 hectares of land across the country. According to the Locusts Information Centre, eight districts have reported damage caused by locusts till date. Of them, Dang is the worst hit and Palpa the least. The locusts devoure Read More...

World Bank elevates Nepal to ‘lower middle income economy’

Country saw its GNI per capita rise to $1,090 in 2019, but economists says it doesn’t mean much in terms of development KATHMANDU, JULY 3 Nepal is now officially a lower-middle income country, an upgrade from its previous status as low income nation, according to the World Bank’s latest coun Read More...

Oli, Dahal in bid to save NCP unity

If the two co-chairs fail to act as per the spirit of the party unity document, maintaining party unity will be difficult  - NCP leader Mani Thapa KATHMANDU, JULY 3 Co-chairs of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) — Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli — held talks for thr Read More...