President’s call for special attention to DRR

19 June 2021,Kathmandu

President Bidya Devi Bhandari has urged the government to give special attention to the search and rescue of those affected by floods, landslides, and inundation, and in the post-disaster relief, rehabilitation, and reconstruction work.

She has also called for a special focus on preparedness for risk reduction.

In this connection, the President inquired with the head of the home ministry, national disaster risk reduction and management authority, and heads of security agencies about the damage caused by rain-triggered floods, landslides, and inundation along with the beginning of the monsoon in various parts of the country and government’s disaster response initiatives.

In the meeting held on Friday evening, President Bhandari stressed on paying attention to natural hazards like earthquakes, floods, landslides, lightning, and forest fire while constructing physical structures for development.

She also suggested the Home Ministry work in coordination with other ministries and agencies in this regard. It is the primary duty of the government to protect the life and property of its citizens during a disaster, and ensure effective rescue and relief programs for those affected by it, she said.

The President also lauded the efforts of the security persons involved in the search and rescue of the disaster survivors.

On the occasion, Home Minister Khagaraj Adhikari, Home Secretary Maheswar Neupane, and the Executive Chief of the Authority Anil Pokharel apprised the President of the monsoon-induced disaster and the physical and human casualty, as well as the rescue and relief efforts of the government. Chief of Army Staff Purna Chandra Thapa, Inspector General of Nepal Police Sailesh Thapa, and Inspector General of Armed Police Sailendra Khanal were present on the occasion.

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