Relief, rescue in full swing
By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, July 16: Three security bodies – the Nepali Army, Nepal Police and the Armed Police Force – have expedited relief distribution and rescue operations that have been managed by the Federal and State governments in floods and landslides hit districts.
As the government had already set a mechanism to distribute the relief goods only through one-door policy, the relief distribution programme can go only by developing better coordination with the District Disaster Management Committees led by the Chief District Officers in each district.
According to the Home Ministry’s situation report, a total of 41,204 security personnel from the three security bodies were mobilised. The rescuers from the security bodies have so far rescued 3,366 people from different parts of the country as of Monday evening.
So far, the Home Ministry had sent 1,100 tarpaulins and one generator in the flood hit Terai regions in State-2. Similarly, 12,000 tarpaulins were dispatched to Siraha, Sarlahi, Rautahat, and Mahottari districts from the depot of State-3 in Hetauda of Makawanpur district on Sunday, according to the situation report published by the Ministry at 6:00 pm.
Similarly, the State-2 government had decided to release Rs. 1 million each to eight District Disaster Management Committees of the State and provide Rs. 300,000 to each family who had lost their family members in the disaster.
Also, the National Red Cross Society, private and different governmental and non-governmental organisations had extended cooperation to the District Disaster Management Committees of the concerned districts for distributing relief goods.
The Nepali Army has deployed nearly 15,000 army personnel in 32 places from its different units targeting 21 floods and landslides hit districts in the last five days, according to the press statement issued by the Directorate of Public Relations and Information of the Army Headquarters.
The NA has managed its helicopter-based services to dispatch the required relief packages that provides by the government and kept Combat Quick Reaction Team (CQRT) in ready position for all the time.
The NA managed its OBM and rubber boats and rescuers from Chitwan-based No. 2 Disaster Management Battalion.
According to the National Emergency Operation Centre, so far, 16,520 families were temporarily displaced. Among the total displaced families, 6,535 were of Morang.
The APF has also deployed nearly 10,000 personnel across the disaster-hit districts for rescue and relief operations, according to DIG and spokesperson of APF Suraj Kumar Shrestha.
On Monday, NA took part in relief distribution task at Siraha Municipality 10 and 12 and in Rautahat.
According to a statement issued by the NA this evening, it has still been conducting rescue operations.
The NA has kept two MI-17 helicopters, one ALH, one Augusta and one Equirial helicopter in standby position in Kathmandu. For eastern Nepal, it has also kept one bell helicopter in Itahari, and another MI-17 in Dhanusha in ready position for conducting all possible search, rescue and relief distribution tasks.
According to the NA, some rescue operations in difficult geographical terrains hampered due to adverse weather. The aerial rescue operations could not take place despite many efforts.
As of Monday’s situation report made public by the NEOC, 69 people have been killed, 31 have gone missing and 38 have been injured in the floods and landslides in the last five days.
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