Nepal: Flash Floods - May 2012
On 5 May 2012, a landslide near Machhapuchhre mountain in Kaski district triggered a catastrophic flash flood in the Seti river, sweeping settlements and breaching the river banks downstream. As of 10 May, 26 bodies have been recovered and 51 people are reported missing. 20 houses, two temples, and a community building have been completely swept away by the flooding and two water supply systems were damaged. (OCHA, 10 May 2012)
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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.
This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2012
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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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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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 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
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.
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.
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.
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
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 (email@example.com) or Mr. Yadav KC (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.
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.
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.