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Earthquake: Relief distributions ongoing in Jajarkot, Rukum Paschim

Published Date : November 5, 2023

Kathmandu, Nov 5 : The officials and people’s representatives from the districts of Jajarkot and Rukum Paschim, the two worst-hit districts from November 3 earthquake, have shared that the relatives and family members of those killed ones received the bodies and the final rites were performed.

Likewise, the affected people received essential goods including tents and blankets. Similarly, the seriously injured people from the earthquake are receiving treatment in the hospitals in Surkhet, Nepalgunj and Kathmandu.   Mayor of Chedegad Municipality in Jajarkot Ratna Bahadur Khadka said that the final rites of those killed in the earthquake from his municipality were performed on the Bheri river bank after the postmortem of the dead bodies.

He said relief materials are being supplied to the quake-survivors. “A huge quantity of relief materials has been received from different organizations including Nepal Red Cross Society. Some of them are distributed while others are being supplied,” Khadka shared.

Deputy Mayor of Bheri Municipality Sita Jaisi said that relief materials are being distributed through one-window system and the ward offices have collected data of the damages. In Barekot Rural Municipality, rescue operation is ongoing. Rural Municipality vice-chairman Nar Bahadur Giri said the medical teams are mobilized in view of the affected people’s health condition.

Giri stated that those rendered homeless have been housed in public places and schools. He shared that the good social harmony existed in the society has helped many of the affected people to accommodate.The Deputy Superintendent of Armed Police Force Shailendra Thapa said that the death toll from the earthquake reached 157 including 105 in Jajarkot and 52 in Rukum Paschim districts.

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Pakistani PM expresses grief

Kathmandu, Nov 5 : Pakistani Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar has expressed grief over the loss of lives in the Jajarkot earthquake and paid solidarity with the quake victims.

“At this moment of grief, Pakistan stands by Nepal. Pakistan is ready to extend any sort of assistance Nepal needs to cope up with the disaster,” Pakistani PM Kakar wrote in social media, X, mentioning Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ today.

Armed Police Force sends ‘disaster response system container’

Kathmandu, Nov 5 : The Armed Police Force (APF) has sent three ‘disaster response system containers’ to the earthquake affected districts.

The security force left for Rukum Paschim along with 10,700 pieces of tarpaulin sheets in three containers on Sunday. Senior Superintendent and Spokesperson of the APF, Rajendra Khadka, informed the Rastriya Samachar Samiti (RSS) that the tarpaulin sheets were managed from No 20 disaster rescue valley battalion and No 22 Guheshwori battalion.

Similarly, the APF had already sent two disaster response system containers to Jajarkot from Surkhet. More than 500 APF persons are mobilized in the quake-hit area. The Nepal Police has also mobilized more than 1,000 persons.

DPM Khadka meets quake injured people

Nepalgunj, Nov 5 : Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Purna Bahadur Khadka has met the people injured in the Jajarkot earthquake.

He met those receiving treatment at Bheri Hospital in Banke on Sunday. DPM Khadka took stock the condition of the injured ones. He wished speedy recovery to the injured people.

The DPM also directed the hospital to ensure adequate treatment to the survivors. Khadka also informed that government would provide treatment free of cost. Moreover, DPM Khadka said government was actively engaging with disaster response and rehabilitation.

On the occasion, Chief District Officer in Banke, Shravan Kumar Pokhrel, apprised DPM Khadka of the works going on for treatment, rescue and relief distribution to the quake survivors. Similarly, medical superintendent of Bheri Hospital, Dr Pavan Jung Rayamajhi, informed the DPM about health condition and treatment of the injured ones. Government had assigned the Bheri Hospital as the dedicated hospital for treating disaster victims.

A total of 105 beds are managed for the treatment. Currently, 37 quake survivors are receiving treatment here.

India donates relief materials worth Rs 160 million

Kathmandu, Nov 5 : Indian government has handed over the relief materials worth Rs 160 million to Nepal for the survivors of Jajarkot earthquake.

As per Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment to extend utmost support to Nepal at this hour of crisis, Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Purna Bahadur Khadka was handed over the first consignment of emergency support for the Jajarkot quake survivors, according to Indian Embassy in Nepal. The support was handed over to DPM Khadka at Nepalgunj Airport.

The Indian Army’s special craft brought forth the relief materials weighing over 11 tons. The materials include tarpaulin sheets, blankets, sleeping bags, portable ventilators, medical equipment and essential medicines. Indian Ambassador to Nepal, Naveen Shreevastav, hand over the relief materials in the presence of Chief Minister of Karnali Province, Raj Kumar Sharma.

Additional support materials were also arriving in Nepal, the press release issued by the Embassy stated.

Folks in Mahendranagar stage rally demanding Bipin Joshi’s release

Kathmandu, Nov 5: Locals of Kanchanpur district staged a protest in Mahendranagar on Sunday demanding an immediate release of one Bipin Joshi, who is supposed to have in the captive of Palestine extremist Hamas.

Relatives and family members of Bipin submitted a memo to the Minister for Foreign Affairs via the Chief District Officer of Kanchanpur seeking an immediate release of Joshi.

“Please, bring back my son from whatever status he is by treating him as your own son,” Bipin’s mother pleaded.On the occasion, Bipin’s father Mahananda Joshi said that they were hopeful of his son’s return. “We are hoping the government will rescue our son. We are waiting for his arrival. Help bring him back before Tihar,” Bipin’s father urged.   

Joshi is missing since the day of attack in Southern Israel on October 7 and his whereabouts is still unknown. Participants of the rally urged the government, UN agencies and human rights activists to help in the rescue mission of Bipin.  

Bipin’s parents and sister Pushpa also joined the rally that started from Madan Chowk of the city and ended after reaching the premises of the District Administration Office.Receiving the memo, Chief District Officer of Kanchanpur Gopal Kumar Adhikari said that the government was making best possible efforts to rescue Bipin.

The eighth-semester student of Tikapur Campus of Sudurpaschim University, Bipin had gone to Israel some two months ago under the ‘Learn and Earn’ programme.

13 dead in Jajarkot earthquake cremated en masse   

Jajarkot, Nov 5: Thirteen people of Chiyurigaun from Nalgadh Municipality-1 in Jajarkot, who were killed after the earthquake happened on Friday night, were cremated en masse on Sunday.

They were cremated on the bank of Nalgadh river.Altogether 17 persons of ward no. 1 of the municipality were killed including 13 people of Chiyurigaun in the disastrous earthquake.

Those killed in the quake on the spot are five children including four of a family, four women and four men. According to the municipality, those killed are Chandrakali Kami, Hira Kami, Sushanta Pariya, Binaya Pariyar, Sapana BK, Amrita Pun, Bishal BK, Manish BK, Sujal BK and Datta Bahadur Kumai.

Likewise, Bimsen BK, Sandip BK, Kamala BK, Pradesh BK, Bimala BK, Binita Pun and Sunil BK also died as their houses collapsed on Friday night. Most of the killed ones are children and senior citizens. A total of 54 people are confirmed dead in Nalgadh Municipality, the worst-hit area in the district from the quake.

Mayor of Nalgadh Municipality Dambar Rawat said the municipality has decided to provide Rs 10,000 to the families of dead ones to perform the death rituals.  Mayor Rawat shared that almost 90 per cent houses in the municipality are completely or partially damaged in the quake.

Jajarkot earthquake: all dead bodies handed over to families

Kathmandu, Nov 5: The Home Ministry has handed over dead bodies of all 157 earthquake victims to the related families.

Ministry Spokesperson Narayan Prasad Bhattarai informed the Rastriya Samachar Samiti (RSS) that all government bodies had been involving in the search, rescue, and relief operation following the Jajarkot earthquake. The injured ones also began returning home after treatment.

Among the dead ones, 99 are women and 58 men. In Jajarkot, 72 were women and 33 men losing lives to the quake while in Rukum Paschim recorded death of 27 women and 25 men. Similarly, among 256 injured persons in the tremor, 146 have returned home after treatment while the remaining ones are undergoing treatment.

910 houses flattened

The Nepal Police Headquarters informed that a total of 910 houses were destroyed, while 2,861 houses received partial damages.

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Quake survivors at Athbiskot receive relief materials

Triveni (Rukum Paschim), Nov 5: The earthquake survivors of Athbiskoth Municipality in Rukum Paschim have received relief materials.

The municipality provided emergency support to the quake survivors at various wards. Those receiving emergency support are 20 households who lost family members and 50 others whose houses were destroyed in the quake.

The survivors have been provided tent, tarpaulin sheets and food stuffs, according to Tek Bahadur Chand, store section chief at the municipality. Rice, pulse, cooking oil, chowchow and tents were provided to the survivors for immediate purpose.

On Sunday, the quake survivors from ward no 11, 13 and 14 of the municipality were provided the emergency support, while those from ward no 9, 10 and 12 would be distributed next day, according to officiating chief administrative officer, Maniraj Shah.

The municipality has been receiving relief materials from various organizations and government agencies.

World Bank Managing Director focuses on resilient development

Kathmandu, Nov 5 : World Bank Managing Director, Anna Bjerde, concluded her four-day visit to Nepal on Saturday, reiterating the World Bank’s support for Nepal’s green, resilient, and inclusive development (GRID) vision. She was joined by the Regional Vice President for South Asia, Martin Raiser.

According to a press release issued by World Bank, Managing Director Bjerde met Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, and Finance Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat. The meetings discussed Nepal’s progress in the GRID agenda as well as the performance of World Bank-supported projects in Nepal. Similarly, Bjerde participated in a high-level event with senior representatives from the government, development partners, private sector, civil society, and academia. During the event, a joint communique was announced to endorse the priorities outlined in the GRID Strategic Action Plan currently being prepared by the government.

“Nepal’s GRID Strategic Action Plan sets a clear course for the country’s development vision,” said Anna Bjerde. “It is encouraging to see the strong and effective partnership between the government and development partners as they join forces to support Nepal’s transition to longer-term resilience, inclusion, sustainability, and efficiency for the benefit of the people and the planet.” The GRID Strategic Action Plan identifies ten GRID transitions, including managing landscape to optimize benefits from the water-agriculture-food nexus, disaster risk management, resilient roads and sustainable transport, renewable energy, and improved air quality, among others.

Moreover, meetings were also held with Nepal’s development partners and representatives from the private sector. Outside Kathmandu, Bjerde and the World Bank delegation visited the proposed Upper Arun Hydroelectric Project site in Sankhuwasabha and the World Bank-financed Earthquake Housing Reconstruction Project site in Kavre. “The World Bank is proud to be a trusted partner in Nepal’s development for more than 50 years. Working together with the government, we have supported better skills and jobs for young people and women, better new housing for those affected by earthquakes, and improved access to finance, markets, and services for the benefit of Nepalis, especially the poor and vulnerable,” added Bjerde.

In response to the devastating earthquake of November 3in Karnali Province, Bjerde sent condolences to the Nepal government and offered to trigger financing through available instruments to accelerate response and provide immediate support to households affected, added the press statement.

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