Print Edition - 2015-05-10  |  Earthquake Relief

Kirtipur DMCs garner appreciation

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Kirtipur DMCs garner appreciation

May 9, 2015-

Minutes after the earthquake rocked the Capital a fortnight ago, Kirtipur saw volunteers from the local Disaster Management Committees (DMCs) come out and respond to the crisis.

Dozens of volunteers involved with the different DMCs carried out search and rescue operations in all 19 wards of the municipality, saving lives of dozens of people. By the time the security force reached the area, the volunteers had already rescued a number of people and taken them to the hospital after providing them preliminary first aid treatment. 

Kritipur is one of the few municipalities in the country which have devoted attention to disaster preparedness and management. Each ward in the municipality has five different teams trained for carrying out search and rescue operations, providing first aid treatment, spreading information and restoring communication, carrying out loss and need analysis and taking care of drinking water and sanitation. 

“We grabbed the necessary equipments from our store and immediately involved ourselves in search and rescue operations,” said Sarab Maharjan, 40, deputy coordinator of the DMC in ward number 10. “By the time the security forces reached here, we had rescued more than a dozen people.” He said that those rescued from the debris were immediately treated by the first aid team and those suffering from serious injuries were  taken to the hospital. 

Bikram Maharjan, who took the lead in ensuring the availability of clean drinking water and setting up temporary settlements, said that his committee had pitched tents for the locals by the evening of the first day in open areas and in school playgrounds, and ensured the supply of clean drinking water from bladder tanks.

 The municipality has been running various programmes related to disaster preparedness for the last two years with financial support from Lumanti, Oxfam and UK Aid.

“The locals could get timely support during the disaster because of the DMCs,” said Arjun Maharjan, a teacher at Baishnavi Secondary School. “Their immediate response saved the lives of many people.” Out of 10,889 buildings in the municipality, 1,073 have collapsed, while 2,995 have been badly damaged. A total of 41 locals died in the earthquake, while  150 were injured.

Published: 10-05-2015 09:15

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