Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba said that his government will not hesitate in seeking foreign assistance for providing relief to the people hit by recent floods and landslides. Nepal was hit hard by the untimely heavy rain last week that left at least 111 people dead and 40 others went missing across the country. The natural disaster, said to have caused due to climate change also damaged Rs. 7.2 billion worth ready to harvest paddy in three provinces of the country.
The government will provide relief packages to victims of recent floods and landslides even if we have to request for the help from friendly countries, Deuba said. He pointed out that climate change has heavily damaged livelihoods and physical structures in the country and assured that relief will be provided at the earliest at any cost.
Speaking at a program organized in Itahari during his inspection of the disaster-hit areas in Province 1 in eastern Nepal, PM Deuba said, “we will provide relief by requesting assistance from foreign donors if the resources inside the country are not enough.”
PM Deuba further assured that he will accelerate the work of providing relief to the victims of the recent disaster as soon as he reaches the capital. He complimented the work done by the security forces in providing immediate help and assistance in the disaster-hit areas. PM Deuba had reached Ilam and Panchthar districts of province 1 on Sunday after inspecting the damages caused by recent disasters in Sunsari and Morang. He is accompanied by Minister for Energy, Water and Irrigation, Pampha Bushal, and Minister for Information and Communication, Gyanendra Bahadur Karki.