The virtual discussion program on Short term and Long term Program in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) was organized jointly by DPNet-Nepal, Bagmati Province and Province Affairs Committee on Sept 10, 2021. The program was started with the Chairpersonship of Hon. Mr. Madhav Poudel, Chairperson of Bagmati Province and Province Affairs Committee. He shared about the current status and provisions followed by background of disasters, disaster risk reduction and management in Bagmati Province. The program was facilitated by Mr. Surya Bahadur Thapa, Chairperson of DPNet. Ms. Luna Khadka, Program Coordinator of DPNet in her opening remarks introduced about DPNet and USAID/Tayar Nepal- Capacity Enhancement for DRRM project. She said that one of the main objectives of the project is to strengthen NPDRR and DPNet is working on various sectors of disaster. Tripurari Bakhrel from Bagmati Province delivered the welcome remarks and program information about the objectives of short term and long term programs in disaster risk reduction and management. Altogether, 76 participants joined the webinar.
Surya Bahadur Thapa, Chairperson of DPNet gave a presentation about Short term and Long term programs for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM). He highlighted the disaster status of Nepal. Nepal falls in 20th topmost disaster prone in the world, 4th rank in climate change vulnerability, 11th rank in earthquake vulnerability, 30th rank in water induced disaster vulnerability, Kathmandu valley is exposed to high risk among 21 megacities in the world. He shared about the disaster status of Bagmati Province from 1971 to 2018. In this 47 years, In Nepal 41006 people have lost their lives in which 15000 are from Bagmati Province. The Hilly and Mountain region of this Province are more vulnerable to disaster. Makwanpur district is highly vulnerable to lightning. The major recurrent disasters in Bagmati Province are flood, landslide, earthquake, fire, hailstone, windstorm and lightning. He highlighted the Legal provisions, Policies, Acts and Schedules related to disaster management. He shared the causes and effects of the disaster in Bagmati Province. He suggested the way forward to mitigate disaster risk by analyzing gaps, shifting the risk houses and villages, providing relevant funds, increasing the emergency response system, mobilizing skilled human resources, work on research and case studies related to disaster and so on.
Review and Closing
Hon. Dr. Rajendraman Shrestha, Coordinator of Short term and Long term program for Disaster Reduction and Management Sub-Committee, Bagmati Province appreciated the presentations, inputs and discussion of the program. He shared the problems at the Province level regarding disaster risk reduction and management. He added that these types of programs and initiatives should be organized more frequently and brought into action. Considering the inputs and suggestions, he concluded to discuss further in a small team and finalize the program.
Hon. Madhav Poudel, Chairperson of Bagmati Province and Province Affairs Committee in his closing remarks said that the Province will work effectively for disaster risk and reduction. He added that these types of programs should be carried out in other provinces as well. Finally, he thanked everyone for their active participation, inputs and successful execution of the program and closed the program.