Heavy rainfall from today: Government on high alert, requests public not to stay in risk zone
By Narayan Dhungana, KATHMANDU:- Nepal Government has been remained on high alert with the forecasting of floods, landslides and inundation due to incessant rain for four days in various parts of the country beginning today.
The government has made heightened preparation in a way to immediately mobilize the concerned bodies to be deputed in the disaster risk reduction and management operations. As part of the preparation, the stock of necessary relief and food stuffs has been updated and it has been ascertained which specific rescue materials are located in which places.
According to the Home Ministry, all mechanisms required for the rescue and relief operations have been placed in ready condition. At an emergency meeting held at the Home Ministry today on disaster management, Minister for Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa shared necessary directives were already given to the concerned agencies and authorities in all 77 districts to remain ready-to-move position to get engaged in disaster risk reduction works.
The minister further said that it was the foremost challenge to ensure safety of the lives and properties in the wake of the re-emergence of natural calamities when the country was already going through the crisis stemming from COVID-19.
Minister Thapa called for the people residing in and around the banks of rivers to be more cautious with the forecasting of heavy rain for next four days.
Likewise, Home Secretary Maheswor Neupane said necessary preparation was carried out for the management of potential risks resulting from disaster and directive was issued to the concerned agencies to remain stand-by for necessary rescue and relief. RSS