Nepal | July 08, 2020

PM stresses preparedness against natural calamities

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal speaks at a programme in Kathmandu, on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Photo: RSS

Kathmandu, February 1

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal said the government was making sincere efforts to build disaster resilient communities learning from past mistakes as well as from the experiences of other countries.

Addressing a two-day workshop on ‘Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation for Making Crises Resilient Community’ organised here today, he said, “Vulnerability of human lives is palpable in every major natural blow. However, calamities and disasters are not induced by nature alone. We have seen and experienced around the world many calamities induced by unsustainable human actions. With our collective efforts, human-induced disasters can be prevented. We can also reduce the impact of natural disasters and make people better prepared to cope with unforeseen eventualities.”

He stated that every major disaster teaches invaluable lesson and helps innovate ways and means to be resilient and this probably was the secret of survival of human civilisation. “After every major calamities, human societies have emerged better prepared and more resilient. Natural disasters are unpredictable and they know no borders.  They are indiscriminate and can strike anywhere. Preparedness alone can reduce the vulnerability and prevent the loss of lives and properties,” warned the PM.

He said information is critically important in disasters that can save lives. “Technology can support us in making informed decisions based on science and research rather than intuition. Given the specificity of Nepal and our typical geography, we need to remain prepared for a variety of disasters, instil awareness among the people, and utilise tools of preparedness, such as early warning system, emergency response and relief, and arrangements of critical logistics,” he said.

The prime minister added, “In our own experience, geologists and experts had vaguely warned us about the possibility of major disaster in the Himalayan region. Yet the earthquake of 2015 struck us when we were not fully prepared. Adequate preventive measures could have minimised the death toll and prevented damage and destruction. However, the government of Nepal was quick to respond, within hours, utilising its available resources and institutions.”

According to Prime Minister Dahal, the National Reconstruction Authority is undertaking its mandated responsibilities with all requisite institutional and resource backing.

The government has decided to provide Rs 300,000 per to each of the earthquake affected families. Distribution of the second tranche of this support has already begun.


A version of this article appears in print on February 02, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Transport entrepreneurs deposit vehicle keys at banks in Pokhara

POKHARA: After failing to deposit the loan installment in the wake of extended lockdown, transport entrepreneurs handed-over vehicle keys to bank officials in Pokhara, on Monday. As many as ninety entrepreneurs associated with Prithvi Highway Bus Association handed over the keys to officials Read More...

COVID-19 Highlights: 204 new cases, 688 recoveries reported Tuesday

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s Health Ministry, in its regular press briefing, shared the latest updates on coronavirus contagion from across the country, and government’s response to the health crisis. As of today, 261,861 tests through Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) method and 312,402 Rapid Diagn Read More...


Have you considered UK for future studies? You might, with the new Graduate Route provision

KATHMANDU: The United Kingdom government has announced -- a good news for international students -- that those willing to work in the UK post their graduation will be able to do so under the new graduate programme. The UK-based international students who hold a valid Tier 4 visa will be able to b Read More...

Kanye West's clothing brand Yeezy, Hollywood production companies received millions from US government loan

KATHMANDU: From billionaire rapper Kanye West to filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, ventures backed by big-name entertainers of the US have been approved for loans under Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), US government programme that is introduced to help businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic. Read More...

5 BTS members enroll for online MBA, label denies it is to delay draft

KATHMANDU: Five members of K-pop sensation BTS — RM, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, and V — have enrolled in a MBA programme focussing on advertising media. Quoting an exclusive report by Metro Seoul, Koreaboo reports that RM, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, and V have joined Jin as students at the Hanyang Cyber Read More...

Students march against China's interference in Nepal's affairs

Kathmandu, July 7 Students hold placards during a protest against Ambassador of China to Nepal Hou Yanqi's recent visits to senior leaders of ruling Nepal Communist Party. READ HERE:  After Madhav Nepal, Chinese ambassador Hou Yanqi meets NCP’s Jhalanath Khanal on Tuesday Yanqi- Read More...

Ex-BIGBANG member Seungri to be tried for 8 offences including sex trafficking

KATHMANDU: Former BIGBANG member Seungri will be tried for eight offences, including sex trafficking. Quoting an exclusive report by News1, Allkpop reports that 30-year-old Seungri (real name Lee Seung Hyun), who was indicted on charges of arranging prostitution for investors and engaging in over Read More...

Slimmed down Sibley ready to tuck into West Indies

LONDON: A slimmed down Dom Sibley will open the batting for England in the first test against West Indies this week after admitting he needed to go on a diet during the lockdown. Sibley, nicknamed 'The Fridge' by team mates, has lost 12kg since experiencing a "wake-up call" while in Sri Lanka Read More...