Dibya Raj Poudel, Kathmandu.
Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) has assured financial and technical assistance to Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) for construction of a central warehouse.
This support was announced during a 3-day high level visit of RCSC team led by Vice President Wang Hailing, starting from 4th January that completed today. RCSC visiting team included Yu Liying, Deputy Director, Hai Liman, Head of International Cooperation Division and Chen Yue, International Cooperation Division, External Liaison Department.
During the visit, Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) and Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) signed an agreement regarding construction of Central Warehouse in Bhaktapur . The agreement was inked by Dev Ratna Dhakhwa, Secretary General of NRCS and Wang Haijing, Vice President of the Red Cross Society of China.
In the signing programme NRCS Chairman Thapa said, "The main objective of the signed project is to construct a central warehouse building of NRCS at Bhaktapur with adequate equipment and facilities."
The central warehouse is being built in Bhaktapur to be used at times of disasters. As per the agreement, the RCSC will provide financial assistance of 1.3 million USD and technical support to NRCS as a part of earthquake recovery framework of NRCS.
RCSC Vice-Chairperson Wang said that apart from the construction of the warehouse, the RCSC would support Nepal Red Cross Society in other areas as well.
Umesh Dhakal, Earthquake Operation Head of NRCS, informed that the high-level RCSC delegation also inspected the warehouse construction site at Bhaktapur and ongoing construction of health post building and, community centre at Kharelthok, Kavrepalanchok. The team also visited National Training Centre of NRCS at Banepa.
NRCS Secretary General Dev Ratna Dhakhwa highlighted the relevance of the Chinese support and said, "It was realized that existing capacity of the NRCS warehouse was not enough to cope with mega disaster like earthquake of 2015. Likewise, it was learnt that it is not advisable to have a warehouse in the National Headquarters where access is limited for big vehicles."
Currently, NRCS is managing its central warehouses in temporary structures and rub halls. And other warehouses in different 11 strategic places of the country.
Before departure to home country Wang Haijing said “The RCSC is committed to supporting Nepal Red Cross activities and Nepal’s recovery process.”