Kathmandu, Oct 12: Property worth around Rs 19 billion was destroyed in landslides and floods that took place in different places of the country starting August 16 of this year.
The floods and landslides in different parts of the country including Jure of Sindhupalchowk, Surkhet and Bardiya was the biggest natural disaster hitting the country in 70 years.
At an interaction organised by the Disaster Pre-Preparedness Network here today, Joint-Secretary at the Home Ministry, Yadav Prasad Koirala, said that more than 500 people lost their lives and around 200,000 people were displaced by the disaster.
Koirala said that rescue and relief works are still underway in the respective districts affected by the natural disaster and the Ministry has sent Rs 300 million for the same.
On the occasion, Chairman of National Senior Citizens’ Federation Dr Gaurishankar Lal Das stressed on the need of taking initiatives for preventing disaster-induced loss of lives and property as mostly children, senior citizens, disabled and women are affected from the incidents of natural disaster.
Likewise, Chairman of Disaster Pre-Preparedness Network, Dr Bishalnath Bhattarai, said some of the natural disaster affected people could not get relief materials for lack of coordination and collaboration among concerned bodies.
The International Day for Disaster Reduction is observed on October 13 every year. RSS