Flood aid continues to pour in

Kathmandu, August 22:

Aid meant for Sunkoshi flood victims continued to pour today.

General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT), Nepal Trade Union Congress-Independent and Confederation of Nepalese Professionals handed over a cheque bearing Rs 2.5 lakh to Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal for relief of the flood victims. The PM appreciated the unions’ move.

Prabha Shree Foundation, a charitable trust set up by senior politician Shree Bhadra Sharma in memory of his late wife, handed over Rs 10,000 to the Prime Minister’s Natural Disaster Relief Fund. The fund handed over to the Prime Minister’s Office is meant for flood victims of Sunsari district.

The foundation has been working in the field of women, children, Dalit and Sanskrit education since 2006.

Meanwhile, Nepali Congress appealed to institutions and individuals to donate funds for flood victims. Funds can be deposited at Current Accounts 135-11-10075 of Nepal Bank Ltd, opened by the party’s central assistance committee for the flood victims, chief secretary of the party Jeevan Prem Shrestha said in a press statement. The Chief Justice, Judges and staffers of the Supreme Court collected Rs 1, 86,194 for Saptakoshi flood victims.

Chief Justice Kedar Prasad Giri donated five days’ salary, while judges, staffers and registrar of the Supreme Court donated three days’ salary.

“We have also issued circulars to all appellate courts and district courts to collect funds for flood victims,” said assistant spokesperson for the apex court Hemanta Rawal.

Staffers of Nepal Oil Corporation across the country collected around four lakh rupees for the flood victims.

The Private and Boarding Schools’ Organisation Nepal (PABSON) has appealed to all schools, teachers, guardians and students to provide relief to the flood victims.

The private schools’ organisation has established a PABSON Central Relief Fund. PABSON said interested people can deposit funds meant for the victims at account no. 014-035210 of Everest Bank.

PABSON also said it had donated one lakh rupees to the Prime minister’s Relief Fund.

It has also asked the government to investigate the cause of breach of the Saptakoshi embankment and punish authorities that did not carry out repair works of the embankments though they were informed about depleting condition of the embankment.

Chinese aid

KATHMANDU: On behalf of China Red Cross Society, Chinese ambassador Zheng Xianglin on Friday handed over $50,000 to Nepal Red Cross Society as emergency flood assistance. In a statement, the ambassador hoped that the aid will help alleviate the plight of the flood victims. — HNS