The Government of Nepal, the British Embassy, and the United Nations World Food Programme today inaugurated a new Humanitarian Staging Area in Birgunj as part of the continued effort in strengthening the country's emergency preparedness and response capacity.

According to a press release issued by WFP Nepal, Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs Tek Narayan Pandey together with WFP Nepal Representative and Country Director Robert Kasca and special representatives from the British Embassy attended the ceremony.

"The humanitarian staging area in Birgunj, constructed targeting the country's major international land transit point, will help to increase the capacity of emergency preparedness in a coordinated manner in this province and at local levels. Given its role in procuring, storing and transporting the emergency materials coming from the land route to other disaster affected areas of the country, I am confident that it can make a significant contribution not only in Province 2 but also in other parts of the country," Home Secretary Pandey said.

With a storage capacity of 2,032 square metric tonnes, the facility was constructed by WFP with UKaid contributions, in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs and Nepal Intermodal Transport Development Board.

A version of this article appears in the print on December 4, 2021 of The Himalayan Times.