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Disastrous Delay in Delivery of Relief Materials

Issue May 2015


Prime Minister Sushil Koirala was so unaware of the field conditions of the quake victims that he got surprised to the question of a foreign reporter that his government has been a totally failure in delivering the relief materials to the victims of the devastating quakes started off on April 25, 2015, and continuing even today: May 17, 2015. He claimed that his government absolutely unprepared for such a dreadful event has done a remarkable job of rescuing and providing the quake victims with everything needed, the news posted on on May 17, 2015 stated.


Obviously, Koirala has no idea of what has been happening in the filed. He also did not bother to go and see how the victims have been doing without water, foods, hygiene, disposal of human feces, and even the tents. Certainly, the Nepal army, the armed police force and the regular police had done a marvelous job of rescuing the trapped quake victims. However, relief-material distribution has been much to be desired.


Many people have not received tents, yet. Those living in the tents have the problem of having water, foods, and disposal of waste not to mention the space to cook and eat foods. Probably, Mr. Koirala had not even thought of the most urgent need for managing the quake-victim camps. What Koirala must have thought that his government had distributed a few thousand tents against the need for hundreds of thousands, and some thousands of food packets against the need for millions; and that was what he must have thought that his marvelous achievement in rescuing the victims, and providing the relief materials to the quake victims had been?


The CNN news agency reported that the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said on Friday, May 15, 2015 that the international community has met only 14% of the humanitarian aid sought by the UN for the relief effort in Nepal; and it was only the fraction of the aid the country needed, and the international community has committed. "We are not out of the emergency situation yet," said Leszek Barczak, public information officer for the OCHA. "Some 500,000 to 600,000 families have lost their homes in the two earthquakes. Shelter is the minimum for the people to get on with their lives."


The government had announced that it would take stock of the damages done to every house and then provide the householders with the compensation. That was the immense job for the government of Mr. Koirala if not almost impossible to do. Some victims have not even touched their fallen houses in anticipation of the government coming to inspect the damages done to their houses else the government would not pay them the compensation.


Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) in Nepal has taken up the job of delivering the relief materials to the quake victims in the four districts such as Okhaldhunga, Ramechap, Dolkha, and Khotang through the District Disaster Relief Committee except for Dolkha. They purchased tents, mattresses, linen, and water purifying tablets, and sent those stuffs via Biratnagar to the districts. Helicopters were used for transporting the relief materials to the remote areas. The relief materials have reached the 21,000 quake victims in those four districts, the news posted on on May 17, 2015 stated.


More than two and a half billions of rupees have been accumulated in the Prime Minister Disaster Relief Fund as of May 17, 2015. It has been more than 20 days since the first ruinous quake hit in Nepal destroying hundreds of thousands of houses and making millions of people homeless and forcing them to sleep in the open at the time when the sun has been sizzling hot and the pre-monsoon rain and thunderstorms have been the every-day events. Mr. Koirala has not said, yet how much money for what purposes have been spent from the fund. His deputy Bamdev Gautam said that buying a large quantity of tin sheets was the urgent need but such things had been limited to the speeches while millions of quake victims continued to live hazardously.


Saying that his government had made a success in dealing with the disaster even though his government was unprepared for it, Prime Minister Koirala simply ignored the fact that the experts have been officially warning the public that any quake might cause a great loss to the lives and property of the people at any time. Such quakes were anticipated but Koirala was fully unprepared for them. Is it not a shame on Koirala to saying his government was absolutely unprepared for, and then claiming whatever a little thing was done a great achievement?


For the information of Koirala, anybody watching the TVs and reading the news online and on the print media know that some quake victims have managed to procure tents or build makeshift shelters on their own. Hundreds of philanthropic organizations and individuals have delivered the tents, tarpaulins and foods to the quake victims immediately after the quake hit the country. If Koirala had kept up-to-date news of the conditions of the quake victims he would have known that some individuals have spent millions of rupees on providing immediate relief materials to the quake victims.


Bipinbahadur Karmacharya: a social worker residing at Kalimati in Kathmandu distributed relief materials to the quake victims in Panauti at his personal expenses, the news on stated on May 14, 2015. The government has been for following the disgusting one-window policy to pass through even such individuals’ efforts on assisting the quake victims at the time of so desperately needed help. The government even if it works it has been too slow to reach the people. So, one-window policy is nothing but to have everything in the pockets of the people in the Koirala administration.

Bipinbahadur Karmacharya relief materials:


But the government has been thinking to funnel all the resources through a single window to the victims when millions of windows are necessary to the needy victims of the quakes. The useless pitiless and heartless Finance minister Dr Ram Sharan Mahat has been telling the donor agencies to give all the resources to his government to pass on to the victims. Does Dr Mahat believe in the donors trusting him, surely not but he is still talking about it. Donors know how the corrupt government uses the resources intended for the victims.


If Dr Mahat has been sincerely willing to help the victims then he would have told the donors to go and deliver what the quake victims needed without delaying even a single minute. He would have allocated different areas to the different donors for going to the areas for the immediate relief of the quake victims. What he wanted were all donors to put their money in his pocket. Will Dr Mahat distribute the money to the victims once it is in his pocket? Only the most stupid persons or his sycophants would say, yes.


At the meeting with the donors in Kathmandu on May 15, 2015, Secretary to the Ministry of Finance Suman Sharma proudly said, "The government needs a reliable amount of international assistance to manage resources for Reconstruction and Recovery (R&R) for next year's budget and beyond, in absence of early announcement of a comprehensive R&R plan, unplanned sporadic interventions are being announced by individuals and agencies and this should be controlled immediately and one door policy should be adopted,” according to the news posted on See more at:


“One door policy should be adopted” is the disaster one could think of; such thing happened during the previous regime. This is the unwise thing to do but this is what one of the top bureaucrats of the Koirala administration has shamelessly said to the donors to do. This man wanted to stop even the individuals and agencies from helping the helpless at the time of the great need. This is the government of Nepal headed by the most inefficient man called Sushil Koirala.


It is no surprise that some politicians have been talking about a national government to manage the national disaster properly. One thing is clear that such a government will be another national debacle. Chairman of the Madheshi People’s Rights Forum-democratic Bijaya Kumar Gacchedar said that the nation would have a national government within ten days. Leader of UCPN-Maoist Dr Baburam Bhattarai said that the country needed a new government to tackle the overwhelming damages caused by the quakes. Chairman of CPN-UML has been busy with talking to the leaders of other political parties to form a new government. Mr. Oli has been meeting with Chairman of UCPN-Maoist Prachanda twice a day for forming a new government, according to the information posted on the social media by Kapil Shrestha: Human rights activist. Mr. Oli even met with the Indian envoy in Kathmandu seeking the support for his future government. Some NC leaders have been busy with apparently forming a government of all political parties. So. Mr. Koirala needed to take the account of all these things happening under his noses before claiming that his government has done a perfect job of providing the quake victims with what they needed.

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The Legislature has set up National Disaster Management, Monitoring And Guiding Special Committee. It has published a notice in the state-run newspaper ‘gorkhapatra’ calling for informing it about whether the quake victims have received the relief materials or not. It has been nothing but ridiculing the victims. This legislative committee has the ample information on the status of the quake victims from the media. Every day the TVs, and newspapers online and on print, and FM radios have been telling the disastrous state of the quake victims, and their untold sufferings from the lack of everything needed for a life. What else the legislative committee needed for what purposes? The committee pretended not to know anything about the status of the quake victims from the media.


If we take a look at the relief material distribution published on the on May 6, 2015 then the relief materials have been nothing more than a drop in the bucket of the requirement. The government has published a long list of a number of items the State has delivered to the quake victims but the relief materials are nothing compared to the requirements to mitigate the sufferings of the victims.

Information on relief material distribution:


The British Chinook helicopters have been staying in India for about three weeks waiting for the permission from the Koirala administration to fly in for helping to airlift the relief materials for delivering to the sufferers and transporting any injured to the better equipped hospitals for treatment of the quake victims in Nepal but Prime minister Koirala did not approve it obviously giving in to the pressure of the neighbors. “The British government announced on Friday that the aircraft would now head back to the UK, unused,” the news on on May 18, 2015 stated. The British government had paid for keeping the Chinooks so long in India from the taxpayers’ money. The most incompetent government of Prime Minister Koirala had no guts to let the Chinooks work in Nepal for helping the quake victims, and relieving them from the acute need for survival.


Chairman of CPN-UML KP Oli had shown his concern for the quake victims at least in words. He said to the party people at his party office Balkhu on May 14, 2015 that at least two millions tin sheets were needed to build temporary shelters for hundreds of thousands of the quake victims rendered to homeless. Mr. Oli bashed the Koirala government for not delivering the relief materials to the quake victims expeditiously. He also told his party people that discrimination had been in distributing the relief materials, the news on stated on May 14, 2015.

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The worst possible decision the government made was to suspend the construction of new houses until mid July 2015. On whose advice the government had made the most stupid decision was not know, yet. What the government thinks could do suspending the construction of houses for the next couple of months. Instead of encouraging the people and assisting them in reconstructing their houses and homes, the government had bound the hands of the people for building their houses.

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