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Govt to keep NA teams on standby for disaster response

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Jun 19, 2018-The government has decided to keep search and rescue teams of Nepal Army (NA) with helicopters on a standby at three places to minimise casualties in monsoon-related disasters this year.

The first meeting of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, chaired by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, on Monday decided to keep NA rescue and search teams on a standby in Itahari of Province 1, Pokhara of Province 4 and Surkhet of Karnali Province.

The meeting also urged all the ministries, security forces and concerned agencies to coordinate among one another to ensure effective response to disaster situations.

To keep the inhabitants of disaster-prone settlements safe, the meeting also decided to take necessary steps to relocate them.

The meeting also directed the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport and other concerned agencies to have the manpower and the equipment ready to clear road obstructions.

For effective early warning system, the Ministry of Communication and Information was asked to make arrangements for disseminating weather updates to local communities through various telecom operators.

The meeting also proposed forming disaster management committees and executive committees for disaster risk reduction and management at the provincial level, and empowering the existing committees at the local level by providing required resources, rights and capacity.

Published: 19-06-2018 08:17

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