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Field Bulletin Issue nr. 58: Humanitarian governance in Nepal: lessons learned and challenges from the response to the natural disasters in Dang and Kaski during 2012

In May 2012, a massive flash flood just north of Pokhara, the district headquarters of Kaski District and the main tourist hub in the Western Region of Nepal, caused immense destruction. In a matter of seconds, a powerful wall of water swept away several settlements along the Seti River, breaching river banks downstream and damaging the water supply for Pokhara, a city with a quarter million inhabitants.

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Nepal MAANP001 Annual Report 2012

This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2012

Overview

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Humanitarian Snapshot: Natural Disasters in Asia-Pacific - 2012

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Deadly Nepal flood due to 'small rockslide': experts

11/13/2012 06:54 GMT

KATHMANDU, Nov 13, 2012 (AFP) - Flash flooding which swept away an entire village in Nepal originated with a minor rockslide, scientists said Tuesday, warning that the disaster could be repeated.

More than 70 people are believed to have died when the Seti River burst its banks on May 5, 2012 and hit Kharapani -- a village in the central Annapurna region with a population of just 100.

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141 people killed in natural disaster in last two months

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Nepalnews.com

A total of 141 people lost their lives in incidents of natural disasters across the country during two and half month period.

State-owned National News Agency reported citing data obtained from National Emergency Operation Center that property worth around Rs. 13.76 million was destroyed in the incidents from the month of April/May till date.

Forty five people died from lightning, 26 from floods and landslides, 34 from Seti river flood, 12 from fire, 16 from storm and eight from diarrhea during the period.

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NRCS Newsletter April - June 2012

NRCS General Assembly Concludes

Takes step toward promotion of Humanitarian Diplomacy

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Three die, several displaced due to rain-triggered landslides

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Nepalnews.com

At least three people were killed and several families displaced due to floods and landslides triggered by heavy rain in Bajura district in the past few days.

The victims of rain-triggered floods and landslides – possibly the first reported case this year - have been identified as Chandra Rokaya, 9, of Pandusain-5, Khiru budha, 15, of Toli VDC, and Bal Bahadur Sarki, 65, of Barhabisa VDC-2.

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Climate Vulnerable Forum takes action

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DARA

By Ari Huhtala, Director of Policy and Programmes, CDKN

The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), established two years ago, is finding a place and voice in the international community as a convenor of countries that share one common threat: particularly strong exposure to the effects of climate change. At a side event in Rio on 19 June, ably moderated by the Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh Mohamed Mirajul Quayes, we heard the perspectives of three active member countries, complemented by three expert discussants.

Many faces of climate vulnerability

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Flash flood tests disaster preparedness

Nepal is one of the world’s 20 most disaster-prone countries. It faces the threat of devastating floods, landslides, windstorms, hailstorms, fires, glacial lake floods, avalanches and earthquakes. Preparedness is vital in a country where natural disasters claimed more than 27,000 lives and affected more than 5 million people between 1971 and 2007.

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Two die in Pyuthan flash floods

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Nepalnews.com

Two children were killed in flash floods triggered by heavy rainfall in Pyuthan since Sunday afternoon.

The victims have been identified as Keshari Khadka, 10, of Liwang-5 and Chet Bahadur Gharti, 12, of Bijayanagar-7. They died after being swept away by flash flood in a local stream, according to reports.

The heavy rainfall also triggered landslides that destroyed homes and disrupted transport services in many parts of the district. nepalnews.com

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Devasting Flood in the Seti River

On 05 May 2012, a landslide near Machhapuchre Mountain in the Kaski District triggered a massive flash flood in the Seti River, sweeping settlements downstream with major damages occurring in Kharapani village in Sardikhola Village Development Committee (VDC) and Sadal village in Machhapuchre VDC. With flood heights reaching 30ft, the flood has killed 17 people, with at least 50 people missing, many of whom were having picnics along the river.

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Nepal Monthly Update – May 2012

This report is issued by the UN RCHCO with inputs from its UN Field Coordination Offices and other partners and sources. The report covers May 2012. The next report will be issued the first week of July 2012.

CONTEXT

Political update

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USAID Nepal Newsletter - May 2012, Issue 5

REDUCING DISASTER RISK FOR LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT

Nepal is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world with annual floods and landslides, periodic drought and epidemics, and a high-level of seismic activity. Climate change has a direct impact on glacial melt and weather patterns, impacting agricultural productivity, flooding, and disease outbreaks.

People’s vulnerability to disasters is exacerbated by poverty, unplanned urbanization, and substandard construction techniques.

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Nepal - Seti River Flooding Situation (as of 9 May 2012)

This map shows the total number of Deaths,Missing, Injured and Household damages during Seti Flood in Kaski District of Nepal

Source/Methodolgy: The Source of Data are - Field Report: DDRC, NRCS, Geodata: Survey Department GIST, ESRI

Sector: Disaster Risk Management

Author: IMU/RCHCO

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Updates on the Flooding in Seti River Situation Report-04

This report has been prepared by OCHA Humanitarian Support Unit with direct field observation of the UN team, information from District Disaster Relief Committee (DDRC), Security Forces, Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) and other humanitarian agencies involved in response activities. This will be the final report from OCHA HSU in Seti River Flooding. Please contact Mr. Andrew Martin (martin14@un.org) or Mr. Yadav KC (kcy@un.org) for further information.

I. Background:

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Updates on the Flooding in Seti River: Situation Report-03

I. Background:

A landslide near Machhapuchhre Mountain in Kaski district triggered a catastrophic flash flood in Seti River, sweeping settlements and breaching the river banks downstream on 05 May 2012 at around 0930 hrs.

Kharapani settlement (also known as Tatopani) in Sardikhola Village Development Committee (VDC) and Sadal village in Machhapuchhre VDC are worst hit by the powerful outburst. As of 1800 hrs today, total 26 bodies have been recovered and there is no additional missing information except for those 44 persons.

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Nepal: Flash floods (as of 08 May 2012) - Location Map

07 May 2012 - A landslide near Machhapuchhre Mountain on 5 May 2012 triggered a catastrophic flash flood, killing 20 people. 44 people are gone missing in villages of Kaski district.

Link: Updates on the Flooding in Seti River Situation Report-02 - 7 May 2012

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Swamped Nepal village dug out after deadly floods

05/08/2012 12:23 GMT

KATHMANDU, May 8, 2012 (AFP) - Emergency teams in Nepal on Tuesday used mechanical diggers to search through a village inundated by mud in a flash flood three days ago that left 23 people dead and more than 40 missing.

The village of Kharapani, which had a population about 100, was devastated when the Seti River burst its banks, smashed through buildings and swamped families enjoying picnics.

Witnesses described how the river suddenly swelled up on Saturday after water erupted from behind a landslide that had blocked its course upstream.

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