Nepal

Nepal Floods
In support of Government Nepal, USAID is helping people affected by ongoing floods.
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Key Developments

Floods triggered by heavy rainfall beginning August 11 resulted in at least 131 deaths and 30 injuries; displaced approximately 44,700 households; and affected 301,000 households in 35 of 75 districts in central, eastern, and western Nepal, according to the Government of Nepal (GoN) and Nepal Red Cross Society. In addition, the GoN reported that flooding destroyed more than 9,800 houses and damaged or destroyed bridges and roads, hindering access to affected populations. In coordination with humanitarian actors, the GoN led response efforts in affected districts, including conducting needs assessments and search-and-rescue operations. The GoN and relief actors established displacement camps in eight flood-affected districts, distributed food, and provided water, sanitation, and hygiene assistance to displaced households.

On August 19, U.S. Chargé d'Affaires Michael C. Gonzales declared a disaster due to the effects of the floods. In response, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) provided $200,000 to help meet the immediate needs of flood-affected communities.

Background

Nepal is prone to a variety of natural disasters, including avalanches, earthquakes, and floods. When disaster strikes Nepal, USAID/OFDA works with non-governmental organizations, international organizations, and the UN to meet humanitarian needs and complement government relief efforts. USAID/OFDA also supports disaster risk reduction programs in Nepal to increase the capacity of local authorities and communities to prepare for and respond to disasters.

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Last updated: June 18, 2018

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