Print Edition - 2015-06-11  |  Earthquake Relief

Many relief trucks still coming through Parsa

- SHANKAR ACHARYA, Parsa

Jun 10, 2015-

Relief material worth about Rs 900 million have made their way into Nepal through the Birgunj entry-point after the Great Earthquake of April 25, said Chief District Officer of Parsa Keshav Raj Ghimire.

During a press meet at the District Administration Office on Wednesday, CDO Ghimire said that a revenue waiver of about Rs 360 million had been provided to relief supplies imported from India between April 27 and June 3.

The figure has been estimated by totalling entries from the Birgunj Customs Office and Sirsiya dry port. The imported materials have included rice, lentils, sugar, chickpeas, biscuits, ropes, toothpaste, bandages, toothbrushes, clothes, beaten rice, shampoo, edible oil, wheelchairs, sanitary pads, matchboxes, raincoats, zinc sheets, batteries, tarpaulins, towels, soap, nail cutters, washing powder, candles, medicines and water buckets.

The 120 truckloads of materials provided by the state governments of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh have not been added to the above calculation. Till date, a total of 1,135 trucks of material—including 686 trucks from Birgunj customs, 258 trucks from Sirsiya dry port, 249 trucks from the local level and 191 trucks from various organisations—have been sent to the affected districts, according to CDO Ghimire.

While the government’s offer to waive custom fees on relief material will expire on June 3, the flow of supplies shows no sign of stopping. Keeping this in mind,

the government has extended the waiver by seven more days, till June 15, Ghimire said.

He estimated that some 70 trucks carrying relief material are currently making their way to Nepal.

 

Published: 11-06-2015 09:14

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