Nepal: Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 5

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 06 Sep 2006
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2006/0182
OCHA Situation Report No. 5
Nepal - Floods

This situation report is based on the information received from the OCHA Office in Katmandu.

Situation

1. The Ministry of Finance convened an inter-ministerial meeting on 4 September in Kathmandu, where a discussion was held with the UN (Humanitarian/Resident Coordinator, WFP, UNICEF, FAO, UNFPA and OCHA) and some donor agencies and embassies on food security implications of drought in Nepal as well as a presentation of needs arising out of the recent disaster - floods/landslides. According to preliminary need estimates, the government has appealed for NPR. 2.4 billion (approximately USD 32.5 million) for relocation of 500 families in Achham district, construction and maintenance of 10,000 houses and relief assistance for 10,500 families for one month in Banke, Bardiya and Achham districts.

2. Despite efforts to make aid distribution as widely encompassing as possible, due to overstretched resources and problems of inaccessibility, assistance is yet to reach certain pockets of the affected population - only on 3 September (a week after the floods), limited assistance began to reach the eastern Rapti VDCs (Banke district) where over 2,500 families have been reportedly affected by the floods.

3. Information has became available on Mugu district where, according to the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS), 42 houses have been swept away. Assessments are underway to estimate the extent of casualties and damage. In the meantime, NRCS, with the support of Save the Children-US have dispatched food relief to Mugu while non-food items are being airlifted from Surkhet district on 4 September.

National and International Response

4. The UN, international and national NGOs continue supporting the efforts of the District Disaster Relief Committee and the NRCS to ensure that needs are being met. These are UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO, UNDP, WFP, OCHA, CARE Nepal, Save the Children US, IRC, PLAN Nepal, LWF/Action Church Together, RRN, DFID-CSP, GTZ, FIDA International, OXFAM, BEE Group, Caritas, Action Aid, INF, amongst others. DFID-CSP, RRN and CARE signed an agreement today with NRCS to provide food support to flood victims of Banke and Bardiya worth NPR 2.3 million (approximately USD 30 000).

5. UN and I/NGOs have been supporting government authorities and the NRCS to provide the necessary equipment and medicines. Mobile health camps are underway and have already provided services to hundreds of people in Banke and Bardiya districts. UNFPA´s two mobile health teams are fully operational in Bardiya and Banke. During the weekend, in Bardiya district, it was observed that amongst the 300 women who came to the health camp for assistance, one-third were pregnant or women who needed post natal care. The UN Population Fund has expressed readiness to send three additional health teams to the affected districts. They also have additional care packages for pregnant women and women who need post natal care. IRC´s health camp will reach the Rajapur area - which was inaccessible until last weekend WHO dispatched a rapid health assessment team to Bardiya and Banke to assist in assessments, coordination, surveillance and ensure any arising gaps are addressed.

6. UNICEF has released 1,000 non-food item kits to NRCS on 1 September. It is also in the process of assessing school damage and the educational needs of the affected population.

7. WFP has committed to feed 40,000 people for a month and are waiting for the NRCS´s to provide the exact information to initiate the operation.

8. OCHA has continuously been supporting the district government's coordination structure and ensuring that the flow of information takes place amongst major national and international actors.

9. Achham authorities decided that a day's salary would be collected from civil servants to support the rescue and relief efforts in the district.

10. The OCHA office in Nepal has continuously been supporting the district government's coordination structure and coordinating disaster response meetings. Additional information can be obtained by visiting the Nepal Information Platform www.un.org.np.

11. OCHA is in close contact with its office in Kathmandu 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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