Government to make disaster information management effective – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper


The Ministry of the Interior decided to create a disaster management database system for efficient documentation of various catastrophic events.

According to the Domestic Administration Reforms Action Plan, 2022, software will be developed for the purpose of DMDS. The Nepal Police has been designated as the lead agency for this purpose, while the MoHA and the Nepal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority will provide the necessary support to the security agency.

The DMDC will be interfaced with the Disaster Information Management System, which was recently set up within the Ministry of Health with the aim of strengthening information-based disaster risk reduction and response. .

It provides real-time data on hazards and disasters, affected population and victims. DIMS is used by all provincial governments and local levels for internal information management. Local provincial levels have access to DIMS to update and provide relevant disaster data information from the field, which can be fed directly into the system.

According to the MoHA, the high-tech system will help authorities share early warning information, risk mapping, storage of search and rescue equipment and emergency operations, and maintain incident records. related to disasters.

It helps all agencies coordinate to carry out disaster management activities quickly and more efficiently. It will serve as a common platform in the field of disaster management.

It will serve as a repository of key disaster risk reduction and management data, information, policies and decisions in the country to foster partnership in disaster management and a common multi-stakeholder disaster management system. government and stakeholder levels, the MoHA said. .

As many as 504 people were killed in various natural and unnatural disasters across the country in the year 2021. Likewise, 1,750 people were injured and 74 others are still missing.

According to the MoHA, the landslide was the deadliest disaster and left 178 dead and 134 injured, mostly in Sudurpaschim province and other districts.

Likewise, fire killed 97 people, floods (63 people), lightning (55 people) and snake bites (20 people), among others. The disasters affected 6,463 families across the country, destroyed or damaged 5,531 houses and caused economic losses of about 2.47 billion rupees.

A version of this article appears in the February 20, 2022 printing of The Himalayan Times.