OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Nepal - Floods
This situation report is based on the information received from OCHA Office in Katmandu.
1. Heavy monsoon rains in the past days have caused floods in the mid and far western regions of Nepal. The districts of Bardiya and Banke are particularly affected while the remote district of Achham has had one of the worst ever landslides.
2. According to the Nepali government and the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS), a landslide hit a number of villages in the Achham district. An initial assessment reports from the NRCS' teams in the disaster area indicates that 90% of the population in Khaptad village, the worst affected, is in need of urgent evacuation. Most people are either trapped in houses or have taken refuge on top of a nearby hill. Five persons are reported missing and three injured. A press statement issued by the Home Ministry informed of other highly flood affected villages, including districts of Devistan, Budhakot and Siddheshwor.
3. The NRCS' assessment indicates that three persons have died and an estimated 6,616 families in 16 villages have been highly affected. According to the Home Ministry, at least 35 houses were swept away in Fattepur village alone. The inhabitants of these houses remain out of touch. The Home Ministry statement said that at least 52 people are missing from Gangapur area of Banke, while 11 people are missing in Kudenmeha area. A total of 2,000 families are in urgent need of relief materials including plastic sheets, bamboo, rugs and tents, food items and medicines.
4. According to the NRCS, in Holiya village, 350 people have been evacuated to a safe place. In Bankatuwa village, 16 families have been temporarily placed at a school and in Manikapur village, 17 families have been put up in a temple premise.
5. There is no electricity supply for the last three days and it is expected that it will not be restored for a few days. The local control room of Nepal Electricity Authority is also flooded and out of service.
6. According to the NRCS, floods have affected Guleriya Municipality (district headquarters) and neighboring villages. In the Rajapur area 11 villages are out of communication. The NRCS estimates that more than 5,000 houses have been inundated with floods, and an estimated 1,123 families displaced. The displaced people are taking temporary shelter in eight camps in the municipal area. According to the information provided by the police, 2,000 people were already in the camps by last evening. Immediate relief support is needed for 1,123 displaced families and 500 need urgent assistance.
7. In addition, a number of rivers have swelled up, including Babai river and traffic has come to a standstill in and around Bhada bridge above Babai. Floods at Orahi and Kharekhola rendered all roads heading towards the Far-West impassable.
8. A statement from the Home Ministry states that 25 houses were damaged in a landslide at Sampara VDC of Bajura district this weekend.
9. Local NGOs estimate that around 1,300 families have been affected by the recent floods, which has swept away a lot of arable land.
10. The government Disaster Emergency Relief Committee met on 28 August in Kathmandu with the participation of the NRCS. The government has set up a special relief committee to assess the situation and put in place relief operations. The NRCS has deployed assessment teams to all the affected districts to assess the impact of the disaster and the most urgent needs.
11. In Achham, Government and NRCS efforts are currently concentrating on search and rescue operations in extremely difficult circumstances due to the remoteness of the landslide-hit area and the incessant rain. A team of 55 army personnel from Nepal Army in Kailali has left for the site to carry out rescue operations. Through DP-net members, relief materials are going to be provided to 100 families on 29 August.
12. In Banke, Government helicopters carrying food and white water rafting specialists have flown over the lower Rapti River. No families needed to be evacuated but food emergency supplies were dropped.
13. In Bardiya NRCS organised local collections of food and was able to provide food to 489 families.
14. OCHA is in regular contact with the Home Ministry, and has received indications that the government is considering releasing an emergency appeal for donor support.
15. OCHA is also discussing the situation with other humanitarian organizations, including the emerging needs and UN support to the ongoing rescue and relief efforts.
16. In Katmandu operational UN agencies with a response capacity, the Red Cross movement and I/NGOs will also be meeting to exchange information on existing assessments and discuss possible responses.
17. OCHA is in close contact with its office in Katmandu and will revert with further information as it becomes available. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at http://www.reliefweb.int.
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