Floods in South Asia have affected more than 41 million people across Bangladesh, India and Nepal. Whilst FRANK Water is not an emergency response organisation, when the people we work with are affected by natural disasters, we aim to support them as best we can and keep in close contact with our partners in India and Nepal.
Our NGO Partner in Nepal, FSCN, recently sent us this report to describe the situation in the Terai area of Nepal, where we work.
'As detailed by the report of Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS), Nepal experienced a period of sustained, heavy rainfall resulting in widespread flooding across 28 of the country’s 75 districts. The same report counts 149 people dead, 27 missing and 134 injured.
Almost 64,997 houses have been destroyed and a further 14,4973 houses damaged or partially destroyed. An estimated 92,216 families have had to leave their homes to live in informal shelters including schools. Some 40 communities across the country remain inaccessible.
Flood has affected numerous districts of the Terai belt of Nepal and FSCN (Friends Service Council Nepal) and National Disaster Management Network Nepal (DiMaNN) have distributed relief materials to a total of 200 households in the most severely affected, hardest to reach communities in the region.
Together, FSCN and DiMaNN have distributed food to each household (including 5kg flour, 1kg salt, 1kg sugar, 1kg lentil and 1 litre of oil) as well as hygiene kits (5 bathing soaps, 3bars of soap for clothes washing, 4 toothbrushes, toothpaste, ladies underwear and sanitary pads/clothes for each household).
As well as practical support, FSCN, DiMaNN and Forum for Protection of Consumer Rights Nepal (FPCRN)'s study team have spent time visiting various areas of flooding to meet some of the people affected. They've produced a written analysis of the situation in seven different districts that they'll share with the government, non–government, media and other key stakeholders to help inform short and long-term planning.