Nepal seeks int’l help to rebuild heritage sites

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

May 4, 2015-

Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey on Monday apprised the Kathmandu-based  diplomats on the casualties and damage caused by April 25 earthquake on April and the rescue and relief measures the government was undertaking in coordination with various international teams.

While thanking the international community for their spontaneous and generous support to Nepal at such difficult hour, Pandey said that the response of the international community was encouraging, which was a significant gain and a source of comfort amidst the tragic and unprecedented loss that befell the country.

Focusing on the rescue works, the minister said that a Joint Working Level Team was working round the clock at Tribhuvan International Airport to facilitate the customs clearance of relief materials as per the indicative list of priority items determined by the government. He also said that the Prime Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund would ensure that the funds are utilised only for the search, rescue and relief operations.

Minister Pandey told the member of the diplomatic corps that Nepal government placed high priority on the restoration of the monuments and sites of historical, cultural and archaeological significance and urged the international community to share their expertise and extend necessary cooperation in the process.

He also informed that the government had decided to set up a Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Fund with a target of collecting $2 billion with $200 million as seed money from the government.

With the rescue works coming to an end and the efforts being focused on relief operations, Pandey thanked the rescue teams deployed by over 34 countries for their invaluable assistance, and wished them safe journey back home.

Published: 05-05-2015 08:51

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