Response to Nepal floods 2017
Nepal, which had been struggling to recover from damage and losses caused by the 2015 earthquake and its aftershocks, was hit by heavy floods and landslides in August 2017. On 11th August, the heavy rainfall started and affected almost 35 out of 75 districts of Nepal, causing huge floods across Terai and landslides in different hilly districts. According to the official records of Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), floods and landslides caused the deaths of 143 people, with 30 missing and 43 injured. Initial reports mentioned almost 80,000 houses as completely damaged whereas 1,44,444 houses were estimated partially damaged (source MoHA Press Release dated 20th August). Although the water is receding, communities are devastated. Nepal Red Cross Society has estimated that 301,500 families are affected and 44,700 families are temporarily displaced. The Central Natural Disaster Relief Committee (CNDRC), led by Ministry of Home Affairs, is leading the initial response. However, the response has not been sufficient and timely. Many affected families are still waiting for support from government and non-government agencies. The government of Nepal has decided not to call for international assistance and came up with one door policy to ensure efficient relief distribution mechanism. With huge challenges and limitation in resources, access and manpower to effectively reach the affected, the Government of Nepal has welcomed assistance from friendly governments, organizations and interested individuals.
Overall project objective:
To respond to the immediate basic needs of populations affected by the August 2017 floods in southeastern Nepal.
To provide shelter materials, basic non-food-items, and measures to reduce the risk of disease to flood-affected populations in Sunsari and Saptari Districts of Nepal.
Mission East Nepal in partnership with NNDSWO will implement this project, to assist 1020 most affected families in Sunsari and Saptari District with the 1) emergency shelter kits, 2) kitchen utensils and 3) basic WASH support. Distribution will be done in coordination with the District Disaster Relief Committee and local elected representatives.
In addition, we will link the targeted 1020 affected families with local bodies so that they can easily access the government's food distribution programmes. The government of Nepal has decided to give NRs. 70/day/person for a period of one month through DDRC and local bodies but very few affected populations are aware on the mechanisms to access those funds.