Torrential and widespread rainfall from 13-15 August 2014 caused flash floods and landslides in various parts of Nepal, resulting in more than 250 deaths, extensive damage to thousands of houses and the displacement of more than 100,000 people. It is estimated that 43,000 families were directly affected.
Immediate needs included food, clean water, livelihood and shelter.
Oxfam intervened to assist local populations in a safe return to normal lives. WASH and Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihoods (EFSVL) activities were conducted in three districts: Surkhet, Banke and Bardiya. Cash for work programming enabled 2,700 households in three flood-affected districts to purchase food and other essential items while helping to build community assets and promote wider recovery. Hundreds more households replaced lost livestock and started to grow vegetables to improve dietary diversity and livelihood recovery.