Nepal

Nepal: Mid and Far Western Floods and Landslides OCHA Situation Report No. 5

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This situation report is based on information received from UN Agencies, humanitarian partners and government sources in Kathmandu and the affected districts.

Highlights:

- Changes in District Administration Office management. District Disaster Relief Committee (DDRC) postponed until Chief District Officer (CDO) positions are filled.

- Food and Non Food items (NFI) distribution is on-going.

- Significant gaps remain in NFI kits and bed net contributions.

- No epidemic outbreaks reported. Suspected cholera outbreak in Kailali identified as food poisoning.

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Situation Overview

Heavy rainfall followed by severe flash floods from 19-21 September affected more than 200,000 people throughout the Far-West and Mid-West Regions of Nepal. While Kailali and Kanchanpur were the worst-affected districts, other districts adversely impacted by the heavy rainfall included Bardiya, Dadeldhura, Kalikot, Doti, Bajhang, Mugu and Dang. The flood water receded quickly in many areas, enabling families to return to their place of origin. However, they returned to damaged homes with varying degrees of impact from the flash floods, including loss of food stocks, goods, crops and livelihood options. A significant number remain displaced and vulnerable in terms of health, sanitation, hygiene and nutrition. Food aid distribution is underway. Non-food relief materials and bed nets remain the outstanding gaps in the relief response.

Kailali overview: In Kailali, Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) estimates 160,000 people (23,571 households) were affected by the flash floods. While the whole District was affected, the most affected Village Development Committees (VDCs) were Dasinhapur, Narayanpur, Tikapur, Khailad, Lalbojhi, Bhajani and Thapapur. The landslides in the hilly areas combined with bad road conditions constrained access to relief services for affected people, in particular in Sugarkhal and Pandaun VDCs.

Kanchanpur Overview: The floods in Kanchanpur affected 30, 733 people (5,961 households). The disaster claimed 14 lives. This data is being verified by the DDRC. Eighteen VDCs and Mahendranagar Municipality were affected by the flash floods. The worst-affected areas were Dekhatbhuli, Shankarpur VDCs and Mahendranagar Municipality. Other severely affected VDCs include Krishnapur, Parasan, Dodhara, Rauteli Bichawa, Rampur Bilaspur and Raikawar Bichawa.

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