In October 2009, heavy floods and landslides in mid- and far-western regions of Nepal affected more than 257,000 people (46,800 families). A total of 79 people died and more than 18,300 people (3,300 families) were displaced.
NRCS immediately responded to the situation by mobilizing trained volunteers and staff in the field to conduct assessments, and distribute relief items (ready-to-eat food, water, emergency shelter material) and first aid services to the people affected by the disaster. Following this, NRCS carried out a detailed assessment in the affected areas and distributed non-food relief items (NFRI) including tarpaulins, blankets, kitchen sets and cloth sets to more than 4,000 families (one NFRI package per family) badly affected by the disaster from its own stock. The relief assistance helped the people in settling down temporarily during the emergency and returning to normal lives after the disaster. So far, most of the affected families have returned to their original placed and continued livelihood activities, showing that the operation has helped alleviate the suffering of affected populations.
With the support of DREF, 4,000 NFRI packages (including tarpaulins, blankets, kitchen sets and cloth sets) were replenished in the NRCS central warehouse through local procurement. With this, the operation was concluded on 19 April 2010 six months after the allocation of DREF on 19 October 2009.
As a result of disaster response operations over the last several years, including this, the coordination and collaboration mechanism among the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, government and other national and international organizations including UN agencies has improved, particularly since the introduction of the cluster system. NRCS, supported by IFRC, is the lead organization for the emergency shelter and non-food relief items distribution during disaster in Nepal. While learning lessons from such operations, NRCS has now focused its attention on pre-monsoon preparedness and early warning mechanisms.
The Netherlands Red Cross Society/Netherlands government has contributed EUR 20,000 (CHF 30,193) towards the replenishment of the DREF for the allocation made to this operation. This is in addition to the contribution of CAD 50,000 (CHF 49,703) received from the Canadian government in the replenishment of the same allocation. The operation's total expenditure was at 90 per cent of the budget at CHF 277,113; the balance of CHF 30,127 was returned to DREF.
IFRC, on behalf of the Nepal Red Cross Society, would like to thank all donors and partners for their generous support to DREF.