News Digest: National Security and Climate Change (7 October – 20, 2021)

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National Security

Four people died and several sustained injuries as a result of a clash between police personnel and landless squatters at Motipur Indutrial Area in Rupandehi district on October 10. The District Administration Office (DAO) issued a curfew to prevent further altercations.

Following the clash in Motipur Industrial Area, three hundred Nepal Police and Armed Police Force Security personnel have been deployed in the area on October 11, to intensify surveillance and maintain security.

Environment

Addressing at the Mahalaxmi Chamber of Commerce and Industry on October 10, Energy Minister Pampha Bhusal has encouraged the entrepreneurs to develop electric home appliance technologies to replace Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG).

Disaster risk reduction training was organized at Changunarayan municipality on October 6 to safeguard its citizens from natural disasters such as earthquake and fire. The training which was organized by the Institute of Social and Environmental Transition Nepal was attended by the social workers, representatives of Nepal Red Cross, students, police personnel, women, and housewives.

On October 8, the UN Human Rights Council has recognized the access to clean and healthy environment as a fundamental human right.

Asian Development Bank (ADB), in its proposed 2021 Energy Policy has planned to expand its investment in the clean energy sector to promote clean cooking and heating solutions in the developing member countries (DMCs).

Rain and Landslide

Heavy rainfall since October 17 has destroyed the paddy crops in several parts of the country. The rain impacted the crops in several districts of Sudurpaschim, Lumbini, Karnali and Gandaki provinces.

Heavy rainfall and landslide at different parts of the country has killed at least 18 people and several are reported missing. The unseasonal rain has also displaced hundreds of families throughout the country.

Due to rising water levels, 42 out of 56 gates of Koshi barrage were opened. The people living around the area have been warned to remain vigilant of the possible flooding risks.

Biratnagar airport has suspended all its flights after the airport runway was inundated by floodwater following a heavy rainfall on October 20.

Covid-19 and Miscellaneous

COVAX is set to send 100, 620 doses of Pfizer vaccines to Nepal by the end of October. The vaccines will be given to the immunocompromised people including people suffering from renal failure, cancer patients, heart patients, and diabetic patients.

The first health post in Limi village of Humla district has started its operations from October 18. Previously, the residents had to go to Taklakot in China to receive minor health facilities.

Diarrheal outbreak caused by cholera has claimed the lives of at least 4 people in Krishnanagar Municipality of Kapilvastu.

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