Nepal is highly prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes, landslides and floods. In particular, the floods during the monsoon season in the Terai region cause large-scale human loss and property damage every year.
Resultantly, developing and improving a flood warning and evacuation system became imperative for the Nepali Government.
In need of the hour, the Japanese Government has come forward to aid Nepal to become a disaster-resilient country.
Japan has provided grant assistance up to JPN 1.17 billion, equivalent to NPR 1.32 billion, to Nepal to develop the Digital Elevation Model and the Orthophoto.
Japanese Ambassador Saigo Masamichi and Nepali Finance Ministry Secretary Sishir Kumar Dhungana have signed the grant at the Finance Ministry on May 25, 2020.
Meanwhile, JICA Nepal Chief Representative Asakuma Yumiko and Nepali Finance Ministry Joint Secretary Shreekrishna Nepal signed another set of agreements for implementing the program.
The digital elevation model and orthophoto will facilitate flood-risk reduction, primarily through non-structural measures.
Both methods will help prepare high-precision hazard maps that identify inundation prone zones to assist in the development of practical evacuation plans.
“We are confident that the objectives envisaged by the project will be achieved and contribute towards further strengthening the relationship, friendship and cooperation between the people of Japan and Nepal,” said the Japanese Embassy.