Worst Flooding in a Decade Hits Western Nepal

The worst flooding to hit Nepal’s western region in a decade—caused by heavy monsoon rains—has killed at least 50 people. Floodwaters from the Rapti River—one of the country's largest rivers—affected as many as 60,000 villagers in 13 districts. Bardiya, Banke and Achham districts 600-800 kilometers west of the capital, Kathmandu, are the worst hit. The flooding has destroyed the farms, killed nearly 2,000 animals, and more than 10,000 tons of food stocks.

Nepal has sought international help worth US $3.58 million to provide emergency relief. But urgently needed medical help and food aid has not extended to the most remote areas, even as flooding and landslides continue to make their situation more precarious.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, “Nepal: Isolated Flood Victims Forgotten by Relief Appeal,” IRIN News, 5 September 2006.

Link: www.irinnews.org/report.asp?ReportID=55408&SelectRegion=Asia.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, “Nepal: Victims of Floods Desperate for Food Aid,” IRIN News, 4 September 2006.

Link: www.irinnews.org/report.asp?ReportID=55391&SelectRegion=Asia&SelectCountry=NEPAL.