President urges government to focus on disaster risk reduction
KATHMANDU: President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has requested the government to pay attention to the search and rescue work during the disaster, post-disaster relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction work as well as disaster preparedness. Calling a team including the Home Minister at Sheetal Niwas on Friday to get information about the disaster, she praised the security personnel involved in the search and rescue of those affected by the floods, landslides, and inundation since the onset of monsoon.
Stating that natural hazards such as earthquake, flood, landslide, lightning, and fire should be taken into consideration while constructing physical infrastructure for development, President Bhandari suggested the Ministry of Home Affairs to coordinate with other concerned ministries and agencies in this regard. She also said that the first duty of the government is to protect the livelihood of the people during the disaster and to make the relief and rescue program effective for the people in need.
Home Minister Khagraj Adhikari informed President Bhandari that the Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to implement disaster insurance to reduce the risk of natural disasters. Rapid air rescue is being carried out under the leadership of the Nepal Army. President Bhandari has also taken information about the damage caused by floods, landslides, and inundation in different parts of the country due to the rains along with the onset of the monsoon. The government has taken information about the disaster response from the Ministry of Home Affairs, National Disaster Mitigation and Management Authority, and the heads of security agencies.
Home Minister Khagraj Adhikari/Secretary Maheshwor Neupane and Executive Chief of the National Disaster Mitigation and Management Authority Anil Pokharel briefed the President about the physical and human damage caused by the monsoon disaster. Inspector-General of Police Shailesh Thapa, Chief of Army Staff Maharthi Purnachandra Thapa, and Inspector General of Armed Police Shailendra Khanal were also present at the event.