German Embassy supports flood-affected communities in NepalEnlarge image (© German Embassy Kathmandu)
In August 2017, Nepal and other regions of South Asia faced unusually intense monsoon rain which resulted in devastating floods and landslides in large parts of the country. The situation in the Terai, the lowland in the south of Nepal, is particularly severe. According to UN OCHA (Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) 1.7 Million people are affected. The Ministry of Home Affairs reports 159 people dead. Around 191.000 houses were partially damaged or destroyed, 43.000 houses are completely destroyed. Since the Terai region is essential for agricultural production, the floods destroyed a large share of the crops.
The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany supports affected communities in the districts Banke, Bardiya and Kailali through funds for humanitarian aid. The relief efforts will be conducted by the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS), who organizes the distribution of aid in coordination with the District Disaster Relief Committees. The support measures comprise the supply of hygiene kits as well as tarpaulins, mattresses and mosquito nets.
On Friday, 1st September 2017, Ms. Jacqueline Groth (Chargé d’Affaires a. i. of the Federal Republic of Germany in Nepal) handed over the contract to the Acting Secretary General of Nepal Red Cross Society, Mr. Hari Prasad Neupane.