Minister Khand emphasizes mutual cooperation for disaster risk management
Interior Minister Bal Krishna Khand. (File photo)
KATHMANDU: Interior Minister Bal Krishna Khand emphasized mutual cooperation for disaster risk management.
Minister Khand said so while addressing an event organized by Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) here today on the occasion of the 24th National Earthquake Safety Day-2078 BS.
National Earthquake Safety Day is celebrated on the second day of the Nepalese month of Magh in commemoration of the earthquake that struck the country on the same day in 1990 BS.
Khand emphasized cooperation and coordination between the three-tier government to reduce the risk of natural disasters as well as to carry out post-disaster operations such as search, rescue and relocation, and rehabilitation, among others.
He also stressed the need to consider the construction of earthquake-resistant infrastructure and called for the initiation of civic education to this effect.
Amid the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, the minister said it is the government’s responsibility to save the lives of citizens from COVID-19.
In addition, Minister Khand urged all civilian employees and security personnel to adhere to health security protocols put in place by the government to prevent and control contagion.
He also commended frontline workers such as medical professionals, security personnel, journalists, health workers, paramedics, among others, for their tireless duty in the face of the risk of COVID-19.
Stating that the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the economic, social, educational and political sector hard, the Minister said that we should all be sensitive to COVID-19.
Similarly, KMC Mayor Bidya Sundar Shakya estimated that almost all of us experienced the Gorkha earthquake in 2015 which he said caused damage beyond our imagination.
He shared that the Metropolis had introduced a code of conduct for the construction of earthquake resistant houses.
According to him, the delay in the reconstruction of houses damaged by the earthquake in many places in Kathmandu district had further increased the risk for the population.
Drawing the attention of Minister Khand, Mayor Shakya said many physical structures in Basantapur and Asan regions were still in a vulnerable state.
These earthquake-damaged structures, according to the mayor, had not yet been rebuilt due to lack of coordination between the relevant authorities such as local government, federal government and Guthi Sansthan, temple and trust management authorities. , among others.
Shakya estimated that the metropolis could be entrusted with the responsibilities of rebuilding the heritage damaged by the earthquake since, according to him, the metropolis had a budget for this.
The event was attended by Home Ministry Secretary Tek Narayan Pandey, Nepal Police IGP Shailesh Thapa and Armed Police IGP Shailendra Khanal among others.
Minister Khand and other dignitaries laid a wreath on the pillar made in memory of those killed in the Gorkha earthquake.
Minister Khand honored three Metropolis staff in recognition of their contribution to saving people’s lives in times of disaster.
After the event, Minister Khand inspected the Juddha fire department.
The Minister of the Interior has been informed of the rebuilt monuments and heritage as well as those that remain to be rebuilt.