Nepal President visits flood-affected areas

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Kathmandu, Aug 25 (UNI) Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav visited the flood-affected areas of eastern Terai today and said the government is planning to provide separate settlements to the people displaced by the Saptakoshi River.

This is Dr Yadav's first visit outside the capital after being elected to the presidency last month.

Heads of the regional security bodies informed him about the problems arisen after the Saptakoshi river breached embankments that displaced nearly 50,000 people in Sunsari district in eastern Terai.

Dr Yadav flew to Nepal Army Eastern Headquarters at around 1000 hrs (local time) and inspected the inundated areas where at least four villages are still under water.

The president will also meet the displaced families, local political leaders and the security personnel during the visit, it is said.

Dr Yadav is accompanied by President's office secretary Ram Hari Aryal, Prime Minister's office secretary Dipendra Bikram Thapa and spokesperson of Home Ministry Mod Raj Dotel.

Prime Minister Prachanda had visited the area last week. The government has provided Rs 20 million for the victims and various organisations are collecting donations for the relief.

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