China Donates One Million Dollars As Flood Relief Fund To Nepal
The Chinese government has announced a donation of USD 1 Million as emergency fund for flood affected people in Nepal.
Vice-Premier of State Council of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yang, made the announcement during the Nepal-China Deputy Prime Minister-level meeting on Tuesday.
The northern neighbour is the first country to announce assistance towards rescue and relief operations in the country. The death toll, according to Minister of Home Affairs Janardan Sharma, has reached 111, while 35 have gone missing.
Although China has offered assistance, the Nepal government has not made an official appeal to international community for help.
Briefing the meeting of the Parliament on Tuesday, Minister Sharma said that 80 percent of the districts and thousands of houses have been inundated, with thousands of families in the plains being displaced.
Individuals and local organisations are already collecting and delivering relief materials to flood victims. Despite the government’s one window policy to be sole distributor of relief materials, individuals and volunteer groups are transporting and delivering goods to those in need.
Meanwhile, Nepal and China have sealed three important agreements with long-term impact on Nepal’s socio-economic development.
Top government officials from both countries signed agreements on Economic and Technological Cooperation, China -Aid Oil and Gas Resources Survey Project, and Framework Agreement on Promotion of Investment and Economic Cooperation.
Finance Secretary Shanta Raj Subedi from Nepal and Vice Minister Yu Jianhua from China signed the agreement.
According to Subedi, the agreements with China would make significant contributions towards the country’s socio-economic transformation.
A feasibility study on natural gas and petroleum products, development of hydropower projects, and expansion of transmission lines are important projects for Nepal.
Officials claim that China has responded positively towards an appeal made by the Nepal government on the resumption of the Araniko highway, the main route connecting the two countries that has not been in operation post- 2015 earthquake.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Krishna Bahadur Mahara, and Vice-Premier Yang also jointly inaugurated the reconstruction of the historic nine-storey palace at the Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square that was destroyed by the earthquake.
The reconstruction was undertaken with economic and technical support from the Chinese government. The reconstruction of the nine – storey palace and seven – storey palace in Nuwakot is also supported by the Chinese government.