Nepal

Nepal - Floods Situation Report No. 1, 26 July 1996

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Situation Report
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Posted
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Ref: DHAGVA - 96/0245
SITUATION

1. IN THE PAST TWO WEEKS (SINCE 12 JULY 1996), NEPAL WAS HIT BY MONSOON-SPAWNED FLOODS WHICH TRIGGERED SEVERAL LANDSLIDES.

2. 92 PEOPLE ARE REPORTED DEAD, 21 INJURED, 126 MISSING, 5,145 HOUSES DAMAGED. BRIDGES, ROADS AND AGRICULTURAL LAND DESTROYED. APPROXIMATELY 120,000 PEOPLE ARE AFFECTED.

3. SITUATION APPEARS MANAGEABLE AT THIS STAGE. YET, DUE TO SEVERE EROSION TO RIVERBANKS, MANY AREAS ARE AT RISK OF FURTHER DESTRUCTION IN CASE OF CONTINUED HEAVY RAIN.

4. GOVERNMENT DOES NOT FEEL THAT THE CURRENT LEVEL OF DAMAGE WARRANTS AN INTERNATIONAL APPEAL FOR ASSISTANCE BUT THE UN DISASTER MANAGEMENT SECRETARIAT IN NEPAL IN CO-OPERATION WITH THE MINISTRY OF HOME IS MONITORING THE SITUATION CLOSELY.

5. ALTHOUGH NO FORMAL INTERNATIONAL APPEAL HAS BEEN LAUNCHED, GOVERNMENT IS REQUESTING ASSISTANCE FROM ORGANISATIONS IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IN NEPAL WHO ARE IN A POSITION TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE RESPONSE EFFORT. THE HOME MINISTRY IS CURRENTLY DEVELOPING A LIST OF NEEDED MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT.

RESPONSE

6. ON 24 JULY IN COORDINATION WITH THE UN-DISASTER MANAGEMENT SECRETARIAT, THE MINISTRY OF IRRIGATION AND THE JICA (JAPAN INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AGENCY) FUNDED WATER INDUCED DISASTER PREVENTION TECHNICAL CENTER SENT AN ASSESSMENT TEAM TO THE TATOPANI AREA, WHICH HAS BEEN SEVERELY AFFECTED.

7. GOVERNMENT HAS LAUNCHED, ON A PRIORITY BASIS, A RIVER-TRAINING EFFORT TO CHECK FURTHER RIVER-BANK EROSION IN VULNERABLE AREAS. THE MINISTRY OF HOME HAS REQUESTED THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME TO PROVIDE FOOD-FOR-WORK AND JICA TO ALLOW THE DIVERSION OF IN-COUNTRY STOCKS OF GABION WIRE TO SUPPORT THIS EFFORT.

8. WFP HAS AUTHORIZED THE PROVISION OF APPROX. 150MT OF FOOD STOCKS REMAINING FROM THE 1993 FLOOD-RESPONSE FOR USE IN FOOD-FOR-WORK PROGRAMMES TO REPAIR FLOOD ERODED RIVER BANKS. UNICEF/NEPAL HAS AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY FUNDS FOR ITS FIELD OFFICES TO BE USED ON AN "AS NEEDED BASIS".

9. ON 11 JULY A DISASTER MANAGEMENT TRAINING PROGRAMME ON THE BASIS OF LESSONS LEARNT FROM THE 1993 FLOODS WAS GIVEN TO 46 AGENCIES OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IN NEPAL INCLUDING FOCAL-POINTS FROM ALL UN AGENCIES.

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