Print Edition - 2014-08-30 | Nation
256 dead, 255 missing in disasters: Ministry
Aug 29, 2014-
The Ministry of Home Affairs said on Friday that at least 256 people have been killed and another 255 have been reported missing in floods and landslide across the country since June 7. About 155 people were injured.
Similarly, 8,838 houses were destroyed and 22,103 houses were damaged, causing a property loss of Rs 4 billion.
According to the Ministry, 16,629 houses were inundated in floods and 4,498 cattle were affected nationwide. The ministry has been providing relief in the flood and landslide affected areas, but there have been complaints from the victims that relief distribution was piecemeal, inadequate, and poorly managed.
The ministry further said that over 151,037 people were directly affected by floods and landslide, and 15,201 families were displaced.
Out of 256 dead victims, the families of only 77 have received government relief. Over one million rupees was distributed in flood affected areas, where only 1,372 families received the compensation for the damaged properties.
Another 3 million was distributed for 242 families and over 31 million was distributed to the flood and landslide victims at local level as relief. Similarly, over 90 million was released from the centre for relief and rehabilitation.
Meanwhile, a Cabinet meeting on Friday decided to provide Rs 100,000 to the families who had lost their members in recent floods and landslides.
Earlier, the government had released Rs 40,000 thousands each for the kin of deceased families for conducting the last rites. The meeting also decided to provide medicines through various government hospitals and health centres to the disaster victims, according to the Minister for Information and Communication Minendra Rijal.
The meeting also fixed the ceiling of Rs 50 billion while investing in Nepal’s hydropower sector for Asian Development Bank as loan and decided that bond of that amount could be issued in local currency.
The meeting also decided to release Rs 900,000 as a cash prize for the Under-16 Nepali national cricket team, manager and coach for winning the ACC U-16 Premier League in Malaysia recently.
The meeting also appointed Nagendra Yadav, Sunita Sing Thakuri, Bijaya Kumar Singh Danuwar, Phurba Tamang as the member of the President Tarai Madhes Chure Conservation programme led by former finance secretary Rameshwor Khanal. The meeting also appointed Mahesh Kumar Thapa as Debt Recovery Tribunal officer.
Published: 30-08-2014 09:14