Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of quake vic­tims

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL - Amal Pa­su­pati Kathmandu, Nepal

With ref­er­ence to the ter­ri­ble earth­quake that jolted Nepal in April this year, the coun­try has been striv­ing hard to re­set­tle the af­fected peo­ple and to bring ev­ery­thing back to nor­mal. De­spite these con­certed ef­forts by the Nepalese gov­ern­ment, they have yet to achieve the de­sired goal. This is mainly be­cause the pace of the re­cov­ery and re­con­struc­tion process is very slow, mostly due to the lack of sup­port­ing re­cov­ery sys­tems, as well as the in­com­pe­tency to ex­e­cute dis­as­ter re­cov­ery plans and pro­ce­dures. In the earth­quake hit ar­eas of Nepal, there are hun­dreds of peo­ple ly­ing home­less de­prived of proper food, clean wa­ter, healthcare, san­i­ta­tion and other es­sen­tial fa­cil­i­ties. The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­ni­ties have been pro­vid­ing all kinds of fi­nan­cial and ex­e­cu­tion sup­port to the Nepalese. How­ever, the deep-seated bu­reau­cracy in Nepal is play­ing its cards in a mis­er­able con­di­tion, thus af­fect­ing the pace of on­go­ing res­cue and re­lief ef­forts in af­fected ar­eas. It’s the time to see be­yond our­selves and help those who need our help the most.

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