Govt’s slow response draws flak

  • disaster relief
- Post Report, Kathmandu

May 27, 2016-

Lawmakers on Thursday criticised the government for its poor response to providing relief to the families affected by recent floods and landslides in various districts over the past few weeks, along with the survivors from Gorkha Earthquake. 

Addressing the special hour session of the Legislative Parliament on Thursday, the parliamentarians including those from the affected districts drew the attention of the authorities to provide relief materials at the earliest to the families affected by the recent landslides and flash flood that occurred due to active pre-monsoon phase since the start of May. Kalikot, Rukum, Bajura, Palpa and Dailekh were hit by flashfloods and landslides and more than a dozen people have been killed so far. 

“Over a year has passed since the Gorkha Earthquake, but thousands of people are living under the temporary shelters. Many families in remote areas didn’t have access to the relief support and the rebuilding aid as announced by the government,” said Ram Hari Khatiwada, one of the lawmakers drew the attention of the authorities to disaster management. 

The lawmakers blamed the government for negligence towards the sufferings of the people affected by floods and landslides, along with the drought-condition during the winter that impacted the agriculture sector. “The authorities are still collecting data on earthquake-affected families in the 14 most affected districts, even over a year after the disaster,” he said.

Meanwhile, addressing an international conference on disaster risk reduction and climate change on Thursday, Home Minister Shakti Bahadur Basnet said that the government is committed to mitigate the risks from disaster management and also mentioned that the post-quake rebuilding will be completed in the next five years. The two-day conference was hosted by the European Union in collaboration with International Union for Conservation of Nature, Centre for South Asian Studies, and DAI Europe.

Published: 27-05-2016 08:25

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