Updates on the Flooding in Seti River Situation Report-02

This report has been prepared by OCHA Humanitarian Support Unit with direct field observation of UN team, information from District Disaster Relief Committee (DDRC), Security Forces, Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) and other humanitarian agencies involved in response activities.

I. Background:

A landslide near Machhapuchhre Mountain in Kaski district triggered a catastrophic flash flood in Seti River, sweeping settlements and breaching the river banks downstream on 05 May 2012 at around 0930 hrs.

Kharapani village in Sardikhola Village Development Committee (VDC) and Sadal village in Machhapuchhre VDC are worst hit by the powerful outburst. According to National Emergency Center (NEOC), total of 20 people have confirmed dead and 44 gone missing as of 1800 hrs, 07 May 2012. Most of the deceased are pilgrims, people picnicking, locals, tourists and laborers working on sand/stone quarry in the river bank.
The level of Seti River was as high as 30 ft at some locations during the time of flooding. The bad hit area is 40 km north from Pokhara valley.

II. Situation Overview:

Total 20 persons confirmed dead and 44 persons missing including 4 children and 3 foreigners, the number of missing is expected to increase which may go beyond 100 persons. Total of 14 families (nine in Kharapani village of Sardikhola VDC, also called as Tatopani and five in Machhapuchhre VDC-09) have been displaced; two children of age 8 and 11 respectively lost their both of the parents during the incident and they are taken care by their relatives for the time being. Total of 20 houses (4 permanent and 16 temporary), two temples, one community building have been completely swept away by the flooding. However, there is no information on water system damaged and affected communities in two upstream VDCs.

Half of a kilometer of the road section, two suspension bridges, water supply system to the Pokhara valley (which supplies around 60 percent of water supply in the valley) and electric poles have been damaged. Access to Annapurna Lower Secondary School, which is in the safe location in other side of the River, has been interrupted due to collapse of the suspension bridge over the Seti River. The school is closed now and around 50-60 children from other side of the river have no access to school. The affected families in the major two sites in Kaski district are comparatively less than non local residents especially visitors, pilgrims, students having picnic, labors etc. Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) has already provided the immediate relief items to the affected family and District Disaster Relief Committee (DDRC) has not yet appealed for the external support for this incident.

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