bampijhyala, June, 13 According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority, 1,205 people died due to landslides in Nepal in the past 10 years while 297 have been missing (that means they are also feared dead). The numbers are expected to rise this year as the government believes that the forthcoming monsoon is likely to affect nearly 2 million people in the country.
However, there have been no measures set in place by the government to tackle this issue as the monsoon is nearing.
The Department of Hydrology and Meteorology has already stated that the monsoon has already entered Nepal for this year. Indira Kandel from the department tells Onlinekhabar that it is likely that Nepal would be getting more rainfall this time than in previous years.
But, the government has not taken any steps to save lives, warn experts. Especially, preparation is much needed in areas like Baglung and Sindhupalchowk, which the government listed as risk zones.
Untimely sense of urgency
The authority’s spokesperson Liladhar Adhikari says the government has set aside Rs 200 million to relocate households that were prone to landslides in these two districts. But, experts believe doing so on the eve of the monsoon season is pointless as implementing it would be next to impossible given the short time frame.
Disaster expert Ganga Lal Tuladhar accuses the government of not being proactive when it comes to risk management.
“They don’t do any prior planning; that’s quite disappointing. These people in power haven’t learnt to pay attention to risk management. I don’t think if these things are ever discussed in their party meetings,” says Tuladhar.