Nepal's PM admits aid ops ineffective, says managing relief is 'challenging'

KATHMANDU - (THE KATHMANDU POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Nepal's Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, admitting that rescue, relief and search operations have not been effective, has urged political parties to work together in this national crisis.

Post-quake management is challenging, he said in an all-party meeting organised on Monday by Constituent Assembly Chairman Subas Nembang.

The government is receiving requests from across the country for help, he said. It had been unable to extend rescue efforts to several places due to a crunch of logistics and experts.

The Prime Minister added that the government was serious and sensitive about relief distribution and rehabilitation of the affected people.

The government was preparing to send tents, water, medicine, health workers and volunteers to the affected areas.

Mr Koirala also appealed to people to donate blood.