Heavy, sustained rains caused by this year’s monsoon season flooded 35 of Nepal’s 75 districts. The flood water has damaged roads, submerged railways and caused widespread power outages, cutting off access and contact to several communities. More than 120 people have died and 100,000 people had to be rescued from rising floodwaters.
Water, sanitation and hygiene services; shelter materials; and livelihood support
The flooding has affected 1.7 million people, with more than 460,000 people forced to abandon their homes and seek emergency and transitional shelter. Displaced people have taken shelter in schools, community building and open spaces. The flooding has also damaged the local infrastructure, resulting in urgent need for temporary water and sanitation facilities for camps. Temporary learning spaces and sites for displaced families are also required. The risk of waterborne diseases, such as cholera, has increased, making the need for sanitation and hygiene promotion a high priority. Food stocks have either been destroyed or contaminated, leaving an estimated 1.5 million people in need of food assistance for the next three months. Agriculture, the main source of income for residents, has been severely compromised and means of livelihood have been lost completely.
Increase access to safe water and basic sanitation, provide access to improved shelter and restore livelihood options
• Install communal hand pumps in 20 communities
• Repair and maintain household and school toilets, and carry out proper hygiene awareness campaigns in 37 communities
• Distribute cash grants to beneficiaries identified through community consultations so they can purchase materials to help rebuild their homes.
• Organize cash-for-work activities to repair and restore community infrastructure such as damaged agricultural roads, irrigation canals and market centres. The income generated will allow individuals to purchase goods and food.
• Provide households who lost their crops or livestock with support such as seeds, irrigation pipes or livestock shelter repairs
Canadian Lutheran World Relief will work with its sister organization Lutheran World Federation Nepal in its response. LWF Nepal has been in Nepal since 1994, and since 2015 has been implementing a food and livelihood project with a focus on increasing access to basic water and sanitation in the affected region. As such, LWF Nepal is well integrated into the local communities and can work quickly and effectively with local government and community organizations to provide the required support.