Nepal: Monsoon Flooding Flash Update No. 2 (As of 15 July 2019)

Report
from UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nepal
Published on 15 Jul 2019 View Original

This report is produced by Office of the Resident Coordinator Nepal in collaboration with humanitarian partners.

HIGHLIGHTS

Heavy monsoon rains have resulted in flooding and landslides in several municipalities in particular in Province 1 and Province 2. Areas of most concern include Siraha, Sarlahi, Saptari, Mahottari and Rautahat districts in Province 2 and Sunsari, Morang and Udayapur in Province 1. The map here shows the most affected locations.

Local communities and security forces have responded by evacuating people from their homes where needed and people have sought safety, mostly with other community members. Initial assistance is being delivered by the Government of Nepal and humanitarian partners.

As heavy rainfall is forecast for the next two days in the western part of country, authorities have issued warning alerts to residents in Province 5, Karnali (Province 6) and Sudurpaschim (Province 7).

SITUATION OVERVIEW

Incessant rainfall since 11 July afternoon has killed 64 people and temporarily displaced 16,520 households to date (approximately 80,000 people) in Central and Eastern Nepal. While there are humanitarian needs, this is a localized situation, smaller in scale than 2017 when around 460,000 were temporarily displaced. The recorded highest rainfall for 24 hrs (11-12 July) was 311.9 mm at Simara, Bara, and 245 mm was recorded in Janakpur. The communications systems and electricity are semi-functioning in the worst affected areas (Sarlahi, Mahottari, Saptari and Rautahat). Key needs are reported to be water and sanitation, tarpaulins and non-food items including blankets and bedding materials (mattresses), and food. A health response is also required to prevent any outbreaks of disease. Cash assistance warrants consideration though market functionality has not yet been assessed – the cash coordination group will be meeting in the coming days in this regard. Several roads are inaccessible particularly in the southern part of Province 2, making access to affected people there challenging.

While the weather situation is improving, and the flood water levels are receding, the authorities have issued warning alerts to people in Provinces 5, 6 and 7 as heavy rain is expected in those areasin the coming days.