Monthly Dialogue on Monsoon Disaster
The monthly dialogue entitled “Discussion program on ongoing monsoon disaster” was organized by DPNet-Nepal on 2nd August 2019. The program was organized in the presence of Acting Chairperson of DPNet-Nepal.Representatives from I/NGO’s, Academia and Private sector participated in the program. Mr. Raju Thapa, General Secretary of DPNet-Nepal shared the objectives of the program and welcomed all participants.
Mr. Ram Prasad Bhattarai, Acting Chairperson of DPNet-Nepal stated that the network has been coordinating during the disaster to share the situation report and updates. He further said that we need to focus on how can we move ahead including the private sector, I/NGO for developing the common standard for effective coordination during the disaster.
Mr. Gehendra Gurung, Technical Advisor of DPNet-Nepal shared the presentation entitled “Disaster from Monsoon 2019”. His presentation was focused on an overview of 2019 Monsoon Disaster, why disaster every monsoon and interaction/way forward. The presentation also covered the news collection of monsoon disaster, review, the reason of disasters, discussion regarding what to do in the mid and long term. The major concern of discussion was why we didn’t use the available information to prevent the disaster, what can we suggest to stakeholders.
Mr. Bhesh Parajuli, Advocacy coordinator, Mercy Corps and Executive Committee Member of DPNet-Nepal shared the initial findings of the study entitled “Initial Assessment Report, Nepal Flood July 2019” conducted by Flood Resilient Alliance in Mahottari district. The presentation covered the methodology of the study (283 respondents), needs, gaps and response and recommendation including cash support interventions need to be designed and implemented in the early recovery phase and the District Disaster Response Plan should be updated every year regularly to delegate roles and responsibilities for effective response.
After these two presentations General Secretary of DPNet, Raju Thapa, moderated the open discussion session. In this session, participants shared their views concerning the monsoon disaster. The major issues were as below:
• We are reactive during the disaster, there is a need to focus on how we can be proactive for DRR&M.
• The time and again transfer of government official have created a problem, thus, NDRRMA should be established soon.
• Building code and risk-sensitive land use planning have to be enforced in all 77 districts, not only the earthquake-affected districts.
• Government is reluctant in Trans-boundary issues. If the trend of inundation continues in Terai due to the construction of the dam and embankments, the Terai will be converted in wetland soon. This concern should be raised in a diplomatic way. Government is too weak and cannot deal with these issues, even the government is not well aware of the reasons and also neglecting the report of technical experts.
• There is no effective coordination mechanism, how can we strengthen this mechanism and how can we support.
•In the case of preparedness and response, we have to coordinate with DDMC, but in some district, DLSA is more functional. The roles and responsibilities of these structures should be well defined.
• There should be a convincing issue of advocacy, what can we do is important.
Mr. Ram Prasad Bhattarai, acting chairperson of DPNet-Nepal said that discussion and the recommendations were very important so DPNet will form a small committee to refine recommendations. After getting refined recommendations from the committee, it will be presented to MoHA.
He thanked all participants for their active participation and fruitful discussion.