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PM Deuba directs security agencies to rescue flood victims immediately

KATHMANDU — Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has instructed all four security agencies to immediately rescue people affected by floods in various districts.

The PM held a meeting with ministers and top bureaucrats on Saturday evening and issued the directions, according to a press release issued by the PM’s Secretariat.

The PM told the chiefs of security agencies that flooding had caused huge loss of life and property in the Tarai districts and the chiefs of security agencies should go to Tarai districts and lead the relief and rescue operation, according to the statement.

“You all should not remain here now, but go to the Tarai to carry out relief and rescue operation in a coordinated manner,” the release quoted the PM as telling the chiefs of security agencies.

Urging to take the needed help of civil society in relief and rescue operations, the PM told the chiefs of security agencies that the government was ready to provide all necessary help in relief and rescue operations.

The PM also instructed ministers and bureaucrats to identify vulnerable areas and adopt precautionary measures.

According to the statement, Home Minister Janardan Sharma told the PM that 80 per cent of flood-affected areas were inundated and government agencies had not been able to fly helicopters to the flood-affected areas due to bad weather.

Home Minister Janardan Sharma, Defence Minister Bhimsen Das Pradhan, and chiefs of Nepal Police, Nepali Army, Armed Police Force and National Investigation Department were present at the meeting.

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