Govt decides to release Rs 1 billion to flood victims

KATHMANDU: A meeting of the Prime Minister Disaster Relief Fund Committee has decided to release Rs 1 billion balance left in the fund to the flood and landslide victims hit hard across the nation.

The meeting chaired by the National Planning Commission Vice-Chariman Dr. Swarnim Wagle made the decision today, as stated in the statement issued by the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers.

Chairperson of the Committee Dr. Wagle said the balance of Rs 1 billion left in the Prime Minister Disaster Relief Fund would be transferred to the Central Disaster Rescue Fund under the Ministry of Home Affairs.

He further said Rs 500 million would be released immediately to CDRF to carry out rescue operations, distribute relief items and provide compensations to the  flood and landslide victims.

However, additional Rs 500 million would be released as per the request of the Home Affairs, Chiranjeevi Paudle joint secretary at the OPMCM said in the statement.

The meeting also decided to terminate bank accounts with balance less than Rs 5 million opened under the Prime Minister Disaster Relief Fund in Banajiya Banks.

However, accounts with less than Rs 5 million would be transferred into other heads, as stated in the statement.

More than 26 districts in Terai region were badly affected by flash floods triggered by incessant rainfall for more than four days.

At least 111 people have lost their lives and more than 3 dozens people were reported missing in flood and landslide across the nation. Property worth millions of rupees were destroyed as most parts in the Terai was inundated by flash flood.

Many people and vehicles were stranded as bridges were swept away and boulders of landslide and landslips had halted vehicular movement along the East-West Highway, which is yet to resume its operation.