Relief concentrates on less affected areas

- Harihar Singh Rathaur, Dhading

May 4, 2015-

Following the concentration of individuals and organisations involved in the distribution of relief materials in bazaar areas, which have been relatively less affected in the earthquake, the District Disaster Management Committee has appealed all to focus their attention in areas badly affected by it in the district.

Moreover, in the absence of a proper warehouse in the district, authorities have been finding it difficult to stock the relief materials reaching the district headquarters in hundreds of trucks, and from there to various affected areas in remote VDCs.

In a number of VDCs including, Baseri, Budhathum, Darkha, Jharlang, Katunje, Lapa, Marpak and Phoolkharka, among others, which have become inaccessible by roads due to landslides triggered by the quake, relief materials such as tents, rice, beaten rice and edible oil have been dropped via rescue helicopters.

Intending to coordinate rescue and relief distribution in a coordinated manner, resource centres have been setup at four locations to stock relief materials, said Chief District Officer Basudev Ghimire. Likewise, a team of police personnel comprising three Deputy Superintendent of Police under Senior Superintendent of Police Ramesh Kharel has been deployed to coordinate rescue and relief operations.   

However, due to the trend of NGOs reaching less affected areas which are accessible by roads, the actual victims in remote VDCs have been deprived of relief materials while the relief distributed also lacks uniformity.

As of date, 22 NGOs and INGOs have reached Dhading. While Unicef has sent 1,500 mosquito nets through Nepal Red Cross Society, local women rights network has also provided 1,000 of them to women more than two weeks into pregnancy. Meanwhile, assistant Chief District Officer (CDO) Toran Parajuli said that they have received 2,000 sacks of rice (each weighing 30 kgs) till date. However, they had been finding it difficult to keep tabs on beaten rice, noodles, mineral water, biscuits that come and go. Since the quake, 314 victims, including 31 foreigners have been airlifted to the Capital.                   

Action against black marketeers

The local administration has started taking action against hotel owners along the Prithivi Highway involved in fleecing the public. The administration has detained three hotel owners in the area for ripping off passengers headed to their homes from the capital.

While the administration has increased market monitoring and supervision, the administration has warned of severe action if any shop owners and traders are found engaged in black marketing and charging exorbitant price to customers.

Chinese armed police team arrives

KATHMANDU: China’s armed police officers left the southwestern Tibet Autonomous Region and entered the country for the first time on Sunday to aid earthquake relief.

As the Home Ministry approved the Chinese armed force’s request to work with Nepal’s Armed Police Force (APF), the team will also assist to reopen the blocked Araniko Highway.

The Chinese Embassy had made the request on April 29, according to the letter issued by the Home Ministry. The ministry also instructed the APF to coordinate with the Chinese team.

Chinese media on Sunday said that the operation, approved by the State Council and Central Military Commission, was launched after the urgent request of Nepal.

In the afternoon, around 160 armed police officers and 56 units of engineering machinery entered the country across the Friendship Bridge that links the two countries.

Their first mission is to reopen the road connecting the border pass of Zham and Kathmandu. The China-Nepal Highway, with a total length of 943 km including 829 km in Tibet, was severely damaged in the earthquake on April 25. Workers had cleared the Tibetan section of the highway by Friday afternoon.

According to General Fu Ling of the traffic rescue brigade, around 500 police officers together with 180 units of engineering machinery would be organised into three groups and a reserve team to clear the road.

The team also has geologists to assist in the operation. Fu said the officers would observe Nepali laws and regulations, respect local religious belief and customs, and do their best to aid the quake relief works. (PR)

Thailand raises Rs 335m for earthquake victims

KATHMANDU: Thailand has raised Bt 111.89 million (approx Rs 335 million) in donations for quake victims in Nepal under the government-initiated “Thai Hearts to Nepal” until May 3. Aside from cash donations, Thai medical teams are now helping victims near Kathmandu, Thai daily The Nation reported quoting Thai Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Sek Wannamathee as saying. From April 30-May 2, Thai medical teams treated 420 patients, of which 60 percent were suffering from various injuries.

A Thai medical team has also left for a remote village to monitor the psychological impacts of the

earthquake on the people as well as advise on disease control.

Meanwhile, on the morning of May 4, two C-130 aircraft left Thai Capital Bangkok for Kathmandu, loaded with necessities like plastic sheets, blankets and equipment to produce clean drinking water. (PR)

Published: 05-05-2015 08:58

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