Tuesday, 27th January 2015

No respite in relief works: Minister Thapa

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Minister for Commerce and Supplies Sunil Bahadur Thapa says there would be no let up from the government’s side in providing relief to flood and landslide victims.

Talking with Nepalnews on Monday, Minister Thapa has said that the government has not left any stone unturned in discharging its duties.

“We are distributing relief materials to victims and will continue our works more effectively,” says Minister Thapa, who has been deputed by the Prime Minister to assess and facilitate relief works to flood and landslide victims in the mid-west and far-west regions.

“As per the PM’s instruction, I have visited four affected districts of Banke, Bardia, Surkhet and Dang for an initial assessment. I will soon submit my report.”

The report highlights present situation of the district, relief distribution works and the steps to be taken by the government for the rehabilitation of the displaced people, Minister Thapa adds.

Deputy administrator of Mid-West regional office, Raj Kumar Shrestha, who has been coordinating with Minister Thapa, says that discussions have been held with all concerned on how the relief and rehabilitation works should go on.

“The government’s relief distribution works have become more effective with the arrival of Minister Thapa,” notes Dhruba Adhikari, Save the Children’s Natural Disaster Management Coordinator.

“The victims whose names were not registered at the administration have also got a chance to register themselves now.”

The victims/affected people of the four districts have taken shelters in nearby schools, colleges and public buildings.

According to Home Ministry data, 94 people have died, 115 are missing and 29 are injured in those four districts. Likewise, 7,460 houses are totally damaged, 19,534 houses have been partially damaged and 16,196 houses have been inundated. The number of affected people stands at 129,864.

Meanwhile, Minister Thapa also organized a press meet in Nepalgunj today to brief the media and public about the government’s relief and rehabilitation works.



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