Nepal: Floods and Landslides - Jul 2019Ongoing
Incessant rainfall since 11 July afternoon there has killed 29 people and displaced 2,065 households in Central and Eastern part of the country. Recorded highest rainfall for 24 hrs (11-12 July) was 311.9 mm at Simara, Bara, and 245 mm was recorded in Janakpur. The communications systems are semi-functioning in the worst affected areas...The most affected districts are Sarlahi, Mahottari and Rautahat...While the weather situation is improving in the Kathmandu valley, the authorities have issued warning alerts to residents along the Kankai, Koshi, Tamor, Bagmati, Kamala, East Rapti watersheds in Provinces 1, 2 and 3. (Office of the UN Resident Coordinator, 13 Jul 2019)
Incessant rainfall since 11 July afternoon has killed 64 people and temporarily displaced 16,520 households to date (approximately 80,000 people) in Central and Eastern Nepal. While there are humanitarian needs, this is a localized situation, smaller in scale than 2017 when around 460,000 were temporarily displaced...The communications systems and electricity are semi-functioning in the worst affected areas (Sarlahi, Mahottari, Saptari and Rautahat)...While the weather situation is improving, and the flood water levels are receding, the authorities have issued warning alerts to people in Provinces 5, 6 and 7 as heavy rain is expected in those areasin the coming days. (Office of the UN Resident Coordinator, 15 Jul 2019)
Relief efforts are ongoing, and the situation is progressively returning to normal. The temporarily displaced population is gradually returning: According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the number of temporarily displaced has decreased to 11,839 households from a peak of 17, 431 on 16 July. Flood waters have receded in most areas, and following repair works major highways are operational. However, rural roads in some area of the southern parts of Terai districts remain inaccessible, and water logging and associated damages in some locations in the southern part of Saptari, Rautahat and Mahottari continue to pose operational challenges. The axis of this monsoon trough has moved south, away from the Terai region of Nepal. Thus, the monsoon rainfall is less active across the country overall, although the authorities have asked Provinces 5, 6 and 7 to be on standby and issued alerts to major watersheds in those areas, according to the forecast. (Office of the UN Resident Coordinator, 18 Jul 2019)
According to the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOCO) as of 19 July, 90 people died, 29 are still missing and 41 have been reported injured as a result of ongoing heavy Monsoon rains. The Nepal Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) and Nepal Survey Department report that 11,839 are displaced. In the last 7 days, 92 landslides and 83 floods have affected the country. (ECHO, 19 Jul 2019)
Heavy rainfall on 11-12 July caused landslides and flooding in 32 Districts across Nepal. Flooding was most severe in 11 Terai districts of Provinces 1 and 2. A large loss of life and damages to assets, housing, water and sanitation infrastructure, food stocks, crop and livestock all have a significant impact on food security in the region. An estimated 212,000 people’s food security is significantly affected as a result of the flooding, of which 101,600 people, or 17,400 households, are deemed to be the most in need of assistance. (Govt. of Nepal, 23 Jul 2019)
As of 24 July, media report 94 fatalities, while 29 people are reported missing. The death toll could further increase after several landslides hit Gulmi district (western Nepal). Various highways and main roads closed due to floods and landslides triggered by heavy rainfall. Rivers Bagmati (in Karmaiya Town) and Riukhola (in Bankatta Town) have reached above danger level. (ECHO, 24 Jul 2019)
As of 29 July, 115 people have been confirmed dead, 29 people are reported as missing and 69 have been injured. For the next 24 hours, widespread heavy rain with thunderstorms is forecast over the country. (ECHO, 29 Jul 2019)
As of 30 July, an estimated 176,800 people’s food security is currently significantly affected as a result of the flooding, of which 79,900 people, or 13,800 households, are deemed to be the most in need of assistance. At least 12,000 households are estimated displaced in six Districts as of 29 July, a majority of whom are in Siraha (5,300) and Mahottari (4,600) Districts. Many households in flooded areas have lost food stock from the winter harvest. Within the most affected communities of each district, losses were largest in Siraha, Rautahat, Sarlahi and Mahottari, with 40-80% of households having lost upwards of 75% of their food stock. (Govt. of Nepal, 30 Jul 2019)
As of 1 August, 117 people died, 80 have been injured and 38 are reportedly still missing. The number of fatalities has increased following several floods and landslides across 32 Districts since the beginning of July. For the next 24 hours, moderate to heavy rain with thunderstorms is forecast across the country. Furthermore, several houses have been damaged and destroyed, particularly in Rautahat, Mahottari and Siraha Districts. (ECHO, 01 Aug 2019)
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Most read reports
- The Kathmandu Post: Heavy rains leave people at risk of floods and landslides. 12 Jul 2019
- LWR: Monsoon flooding in Nepal, Situation Report No. 2, July 19, 2019. 19 Jul 2019
- UNICEF: Monsoon rains bring severe flooding and landslides across South Asia, affecting more than five million children. 18 Jul 2019
- Save the Children: South Asia Floods: More than three million children affected by severe flooding across India, Bangladesh and Nepal. 17 Jul 2019
- GEOGLAM: Crop Monitor for Early Warning | August 2019. 9 Aug 2019
Flood wary districts in the province face the same ordeal every year but the authorities are yet to find a permanent solution to this perennial problem.
Rain-swollen Bagmati river has already eroded hundreds of bighas of farmlands, locals say.
Om Prakash Thakur
Barhatawa Municipality in Sarlahi has been constructing a temporary embankment by using sandbags to stop bank erosion of Bagmati River. However, the temporary solution is proving to be of little use, as the river continues to erode farmlands in Kharsal Ghat after it changed its course towards Hajariya during the recent floods.
Most victims find their names missing from the flood victims roster, despite having submitted their names weeks ago.
Bharat Jargha Magar
On Monday, upon learning about the local unit’s relief distribution drive, Amirika Devi Yadav rushed to the nearby Janata Secondary School, in Ward 4 of Aurahi Rural Municipality. Yadav stood in line in the scorching midday heat for hours only to return empty-handed.
Ongoing heavy Monsoon rain triggered a landslide in Baglung district on 4 August.
According to media reports, 3 people died, 7 were injured and 5 houses were buried.
Moderate to heavy rain with thunderstorms are forecast over the affected area.
Three critically injured people were airlifted to Kathmandu.
Three people died and seven others were injured when a landslide triggered by heavy rains buried five houses at Tamela in Baglung district on Sunday night.
According to Deputy Superintendent of Police Jhabindra Prasad Bhattarai, Ashari Shripali (70), her grandson Prabin (12) and Pancha Kumari Shripali (45) died in the incident. The security personnel and the locals retrieved the bodies of deceased after 10 hours of the incident.
The city has begun destroying mosquito breeding grounds and spraying insecticide in the affected areas.
More than 30 cases of dengue have been reported in various parts of Hetauda sub-metropolis in the past week. With more cases of the mosquito-borne disease reported, health authorities have directed local units to remain alert.
According to Shashikanta Singh, chief of the Hetauda health office, blood samples from 12 patients in the Hetauda Hospital and 18 patients in other private health facilities tested positive for dengue.
Central America has been experiencing an outbreak of dengue fever since April 2019.
The highest number is reported in Nicaragua with nearly 50,000 suspected cases (1,862 laboratory confirmed) and Honduras with 33,840 suspected cases, including 8,660 for severe dengue and 150 deaths as of 29 July.
117 # of people who died due to floods and landslides
51 (14 girls and 37 boys) # of children who died due to floods and landslides
38 # of people missing
80 # of people injured
19,974* # of houses completely damaged
41,343* # of houses partially damaged
413,572** people affected
169,565** # of children affected
Source: Ministry of Home Affairs http://drrportal.gov.np/
The number of fatalities has increased following several floods and landslides across 32 Districts since beginning of July.
As of 1 August, 117 people died, 80 have been injured and 38 are reportedly still missing. According to the Government of Nepal, at least 12,000 households have been displaced and 79,900 require assistance. Furthermore, several houses have been damaged and destroyed, particularly in Rautahat, Mahottari and Siraha Districts.
For the next 24 hours, moderate to heavy rain with thunderstorms is forecast across the country.
Health workers suspect the number of vector-borne diseases could be on the rise.
As many as eight cases of dengue have been found in Hetauda, the capital of Province 3, in the past five days. Additionally, one person has been found infected with scrub typhus, an infectious mite-borne disease.
According to the District Health Office in Makwanpur, out of the total 29 people who tested for dengue, eight tested positive.
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Heavy rainfall on 11-12 July caused landslides and flooding in 32 Districts across Nepal. Flooding was most severe in 11 Terai districts of Provinces 1 and 2. Extensive damages to assets, housing, water and sanitation infrastructure, food stocks, crop and livestock all have a significant impact on food security in the region.
Assessment conducted jointly by DCA and Koshi Victims Society (KVS). Data gathered from July 11 with assessments completed daily from July 16 to 31. DCA is co-lead of the WASH Cluster in addition to being District Lead Support Agency (DLSA) of Saptari District. DCA is also the Co-lead for Cash Coordination Group (CCG).
Relief materials provided by provincial government stuck in godowns
Relief materials meant for the flood and landslide victims of Limchubung and Tapli rural municipality in Taplejung district are stuck in godowns while the victims lie in wait for relief.
This year monsoon started on 11 July 2019. As per Ministry of Home Affairs assessment, heavy monsoon rains have resulted in flooding and landslides in several municipalities accross the country.
- The ongoing Monsoon rains have resulted in additional fatalities in recent days.
- As of 29 July, 115 people have ben confirmed dead, 29 people are reported as missing and 69 have been injured.
- Rescue operations are underway and several NGOs are providing emergency assistance to the affected population.
- For the next 24 hours, widespread heavy rain with thunderstorms is forecast over the country.
Assessment conducted jointly by DCA and Koshi Victims Society (KVS). Data gathered from July 11 with assessments completed daily from July 16 to 28, 2019. DCA is co-lead of the WASH Cluster in addition to being District Lead Support Agency (DLSA) of Saptari District. DCA is also the Co-lead for Cash Coordination Group (CCG).
Flood related impact: 115 dead, 38 reported missing and 69 injured (Ministry of Home Affairs).
July 28, Inter-Agencies Meeting, Saptari:
Stamford, Conn. —July 26, 2019— Americares India is organizing medical teams to treat survivors of the monsoon rains that have inundated South Asia.
More than 25 million people in India, Bangladesh and Nepal are affected by flooding, as monsoon rains have washed out roads, submerged homes and triggered landslides. To date, more than 500,000 people are displaced and over 600 people have died, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.