KATHMANDU: President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has asked the government to focus on search and rescue operations during disasters, as well as post-disaster relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts, and disaster preparedness. She praised the security personnel involved in the search and rescue of those affected by floods, landslides, and inundation since the onset of monsoon, calling a team including the Home Minister to Sheetal Niwas on Friday to get information about the disaster.
President Bhandari advised the Ministry of Home Affairs to coordinate with other concerned ministries and agencies in this regard, stating that natural hazards such as earthquakes, floods, landslides, lightning, and fire should be taken into account when constructing physical infrastructure for development. She also stated that the government’s first responsibility is to protect people’s livelihoods during disasters and to ensure that the relief and rescue programs are effective for those in need.
President Bhandari was informed by Home Minister Khagraj Adhikari that the Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to implement disaster insurance in order to mitigate the risk of natural disasters. Under the leadership of the Nepal Army, rapid air rescue is being carried out. President Bhandari has also gathered data on the damage caused by floods, landslides, and inundation in various parts of the country as a result of the monsoon rains. The Ministry of Home Affairs, the National Disaster Mitigation and Management Authority, and the heads of security agencies have all provided information about the disaster response to the government.
The President was briefed on the physical and human damage caused by the monsoon disaster by Home Minister Khagraj Adhikari/Secretary Maheshwor Neupane and Executive Chief of the National Disaster Mitigation and Management Authority Anil Pokharel. The event was also attended by Inspector-General of Police Shailesh Thapa, Chief of Army Staff Maharthi Purnachandra Thapa, and Inspector General of Armed Police Shailendra Khanal.