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Nepal: Floods 2017 - Office of the Resident Coordinator Situation Report No. 6 (as of 30 August 2017)

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This report is produced by the Office of the Resident Coordinator Nepal in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from 24 - 30 August 2017.

Highlights

  • The majority of people temporarily displaced by the flooding have returned to their communities but in some instances they remain displaced from their homes and are living in makeshift shelters or with host families. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) 20,888 families remain temporarily displaced.

  • There are still umet shelter and health needs, with a particular need for shelter and non-food item kits to support the repair of houses and replace lost domestic items. Large water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs also persist with a concern over water-borne diseases.

  • Urgent support is also required to enable affected households to re-start income generating activities notably in the agricultural sector.

  • The Government of Nepal is now considering options for an in-depth recovery assessment.

  • Local elections will take place, as planned, on 18th September in Province 2.

Situation Overview

The majority of people temporarily displaced by flooding have returned to their communities but in some instances they remain displaced from their homes and require humanitarian support. Latest information from MoHA shows that nearly 21,000 families are still displaced – a marked reduction in comparison to data from the Initial Rapid Assessment. Information from MoHA also shows that 43,433 houses have been destroyed with 158,197 houses partially damaged. The differences in data from the IRA and that of MoHA now are likely due to improved information flows from local-level Government actors to Kathmandu.

Livelihood needs remains urgent notably for households who are reliant on agriculture.

The Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) reports that the 2017 monsoon has now “weakened” though monsoon conditions will not fully cease for some weeks. The DHM forecasts light rain showers in the next 24 hours with the likelihood of major rivers reaching flood warning levels predicted to be “low”.

Funding

On 27 August, the Central Natural Disaster Relief Committee released almost US$900,000 / NPR85 million to meet needs in Panchthar, Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Udayapur, Saptari, Siraha, Sarlahi, Sindhuli, Mahottari, Dhanusa, Rautahat, Bara, Banke, Bardiya and Bajura districts.

On Friday 25 August the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) released a Joint Response Plan budgeted at US$41 million. The HCT is also developing a proposal to the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund. International donor support to Nepal for the floods is approximately US$7 million.