Cross-party leaders seek solutions to flooding

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Aug 17, 2017-Cross-party lawmakers have blamed lack of preparedness and over a dozen dams built by the Indian side across the border for a massive loss of lives and properties in the rain-induced disaster over the past week.

During a deliberation on the proposal of public importance tabled by CPN-UML leader Bhim Rawal on Wednesday, the lawmakers asked the government to expedite the rescue and relief operations and increase the compensation to the victims. 

The main opposition had registered a proposal at Parliament on Tuesday, seeking a deliberation on the government’s role, programme and policies to resolve the issues over  floods emanating from the construction of dams along the border in the south.  

CPN (Maoist Centre) leader Agni Sapkota called on Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to take up the issue of inundation caused by the structures built by the Indian side during his upcoming Delhi visit, beginning on August 23. 

“We should seek for a long-term solution of the problem without politicising it,” he said.

Nepali Congress’ Ishwori Neupane urging everyone to rise above party politics and work as one in rescue, relief and rehabilitation of the flood victims. 

Prem Suwal, a lawmaker from the Nepal Majdoor Kishan Party, claimed that the settlements on the country’s southern belt would continue to suffer unless the Indian side demolished the dams built in breach of the international laws. 

“Our sole agenda should be demolishing such dams that have been causing inundations every year,” he said.

Published: 17-08-2017 08:07

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