Red Cross starts quake recovery planning meet

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jun 12, 2015-

Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey has said the government with support from various charitable organisations successfully carried out post-quake rescue and relief works despite various challenges.

Addressing the two-day Earthquake Planning Meeting organised by the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) in collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Kathmandu on Friday, Minister Pandey said the government has decided to establish the National Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Fund and urged the organisers to prioritise local professionals and resources while implementing the response and recovery plan. 

Speaking at the opening ceremony, UN Resident Coordinator for Nepal Jamie McGoldrick said the collaborative role demonstrated in the country showed that Red Cross is a trusted worker and partner. He said NRCS volunteers were a part of first responders in most affected areas and the rescue and relief works were possible due to its good network. 

IFRC Director of Asia Pacific Jagan Chapagain said the theme of the meeting-ìThinking together, planning together and working togetherî-confirms that everyone shares for collective impact on the beneficiaries. 

NRCS officials said they have already reached around 2.3 million quake-affected people with immediate support and are planning recovery actions, including shelter,  cash and livelihood support as well as health and hygiene promotion activities in affected area, for the next 24 months. 

Over 100 people, including Red Cross representatives from 20 countries along with senior leaders and officials of the IFRC and the ICRC, are participating in the gathering. The meeting will conclude tomorrow.

Published: 13-06-2015 09:05

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