PM Deuba visits flood-hit Banke, distributes relief

NEPALGUNJ, BANKE: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has arrived in Banke today to take stock of flood-hit areas in the Tarai districts of mid-western Nepal.

He inspected the flood-affected areas and provided cash assistance to the bereaved father Kami Lal Tharu of Lalpur in Rapti-Sonari Rural Municipality-4 in the district. Tharu had lost his three daughters to the disaster on August 13.

PM Deuba handed a cheque of Rs 600,000 to Tharu, father of victim children; 12-year-old Anju, nine-year-old Sarita and seven-year-old Sushmita.

Earlier, the government had announced a relief package of Rs 200,000 each to the bereaved family.

Likewise, the PM provided a relief package including edible oil, noodles, beaten rice, salt packet, mineral water and tarpaulin to the flood-striken families.

Speaking at the programme, he directed the authorities concerned to leave no stone unturned while carrying out rescue and relief operations. He further urged all to support the victims in the adverse situation they are facing. He said that the government was committed to reaching to the disaster survivors with relief as soon as possible.

Earlier, Regional Administrator of Mid-Western Region Mahendra Prasad Humagain and Nepal Army No-4 Division Commander Karmendra Limbu had briefed the Prime Minister about the current status of floods, rescue, and relief operations in Banke, Bardiya, Dang and Surkhet.

The PM is scheduled to visit Bardiya and Kailai districts to inspect the flood affected areas there today itself, said Banke Chief District Officer Ramesh Kumar KC.