30-GoN Press Release 2008West-Floods by rajkpandey2000


									                           Government of Nepal (GoN)
                            Ministry of Home Affairs
                                 Press Release

                    Translated by: Raj K Pandey, MBS, MA

                                                          Date: 25 September 2008

1. The incessant heavy rainfall from 19 September, Friday-night up to 21 September
   morning caused floods and landslides in the districts of the Far Western belt
   particularly Kailali, Kanchanpur, Dadeldhura and Doti along with Mid Western
   Region viz. Bardiya, Banke, Dang and Salyan districts. The flowing details are
   the damages and losses of the human and physical properties as well as rescue and
   relief activities against the floods and landslides in both the regions.

2. According to the preliminary details of the losses and damages received so far, 12
   persons died in Kailali, 12 died and 4 missing in Kanchanpur, 1 died in each
   Dadeldhura and Bajura, 5 persons died and 3 injured, while landslides buried a
   house due to same rainfall, who belonged to a single family in Laxminagar VDC
   of Doti, 1 person died in Salyan by dint of landslides including 4 died in Bajhang.
   It has been reported that the total number of death bodies are 36 in the entire area.

3. With reference to the physical damages, Lalbujha, Ratanpur, Hasuliya, Parbara,
   Dhansinhapur, Narayanpur and Khailad VDCs in Kailali have been completely
   sunk and other VDCs including a Municipality are partially affected by dint of the
   flood. As per the acquired information so far, 12,779 families have been displaced
   and some persons have been missing due to natural disasters.

4. Total 15 different temporary camps in Kailali have been created and arranged for
   settlements for those displaced people with a coordination of Nepal Red Cross
   Society and other organizations. The damaged road in the Pahalwanpur area,
   under the East-West highway, has been repaired that is on operation at present.

5. The households, land, drinking water supplies, irrigation, road, communication,
   etc. which are lifeline infrastructures for the livelihoods of the local residents have
   been completely damaged. Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force,
   People’s Liberation Army (PLAs) and local dwellers have been widely mobilized
   for rescue-relief distribution as well as repair and maintenance of Bhimdatta road.

6. Dodhara, Pattasan, Rautelibichawa, Radhapur, Krishnapur, Mahendranagar,
   Sikhapur, Tribhuvan and Sankerpur VDCs have been affected due to the floods in
   Kanchanpur district. The preliminary compiled data indicate that total number of
   4,905 persons have been displaced, 24,971 affected and approximately 500
   houses are completely damaged.
7. There have been arranged 15 temporary camps in the different public schools and
   places for settlement purpose of the affected and displaced people. The District
   Disaster Rescue Committed has formed 9 teams in order to mobilize them for the
   rescue, relief distribution and data collection purpose.
8. Meanwhile, local machineries have been formed in the different VDCs and they
   are widely used for the rescue and relief activities. A bridge on the highway is in
   risk at Krishnapur-6 due to continued soil erosion by Mohana river.

9. Similarly, 52 families of Sanoshree VDC in Bardiaya district have been displaced
   and they are provided temporary shelters in the local Baspani school. The local
   community people are providing them relief materials as well as meals. On the
   other hand, 250 persons are displaced at Pahadipur village of Khairi Chandanpur
   VDC and they have been offered temporary settlements at the schools including
   repast service through the Junior Red Cross and Chamber of Commerce.

10. On top of this, 70 houses at Tighara and Chhediya in Rajapur and 60 at Bhalufant
    in Bhimapur VDCs have been sunk. Total 31 dwellings at Bipadpur, Basanta and
    Beluwa in Dhodari VDC have been damaged. Moreover, 7 abodes at Naya Gaon
    VDC, 150 at Tepari village in Gulariya Municipality, 18 at Goliyapurba, 29 at
    Chaugurjiya, 22 at Surjapura, 10 at ward number-7 in Gulariya Municipality, 150
    at Jayanpur, 18 at Palashpartiya, 110 at Daulatpur, 10 at Shivapur, 2 at
    Thakurdwar and 45 houses at Gurypatuwa VDCs have been sunk. According to
    the latest updates received from Bardiya district, the situation has been gradually
    becoming normal.

11. Immediately after acquiring the crisis report, the Chief District Officers (CDOs)
    have been instructed to mobilize local government as well as none-governmental
    resources and capacities in a coordinated manner through the District Disaster
    Relief Committees. Meanwhile, rescue of the flood victims, relocating them in the
    provisional camps around the safest places, providing readymade foods, drinking
    water, sufficient treatments and so on relief related activities management have
    been given highest priority at the local level.

12. In this connection, an immediate contingency meeting of the Central Disaster
    Rescue Committee held on 21 September 2008, which decided to widely mobilize
    the locally deployed security machinery as well as deputed 2 helicopters with the
    necessary rescue materials, manpower, dried-foods and boats in order to launch
    the rescue activities in the affected districts in a war-footing manner.

13. The essential measures are on process through Ministry of Health and Population
    for proper arrangements of the required health practitioners along with medicinal
    stuffs in checking the possible post-crisis epidemics.

14. Nepal Army’s two fleets of helicopters have been already deputed for Kailali and
    Kanchanpur to effectively implement the rescue and relief activities at the local
    level immediately after exposure field visit and observation in the affected areas.
   Additionally, a team of the Constitution Assembly (CA) members, representing
   from the flood-affected constitution areas, visited the region under the leadership
   of an honorable Minister for Labor and Transport on 21 September 2008.

15. Meanwhile, then Acting PM and presently Deputy Prime Minister, reached to the
    affected Mid-Western and Far-Western Regions for an inspection purpose as well
    as in monitoring the rescue-relief management functions at the grassroots level.

16. Necessary medicines and instant dried-foods have been sent via means of Nepal
    Army’s helicopters through Ministry of Home Affairs. The Chief District Officer
    (CDO), District Based Police Officials, District Authorities of Nepal Red Cross
    Society and other representatives of the different organizations, who are involving
    for crisis management, made the aerial inspections.

17. After serious discussions among the stakeholders, they eventually instructed for
    an efficient and effective rescue and relief distribution along with data collection.
    The rescue and relief tasks likely to be comparatively easier and effective since
    the level of floods is on the process of decreasing stage at the moment.

18. The Central Disaster Relief Committee has already decided and implemented for
    a maximum utilization of the national and even local resources and capacities for
    the rescue and relief distribution to the crisis-affected families.

19. As an immediate response for the rescue and relief in the disaster affected areas, it
    has been decided to allocate at the rate of NRs. 5 million for Kailali, 2/2 million
    for Bajura, Kalikot and Kanchanpur districts respectively, 1.5 million for
    Achham, 1/1 million for each Daeldhura and Gulmi districts, 0.5/0.5 million for
    Salyan, Doti, Darchula, Bajhang, Bardiya and Sankhuwashabha districts
    respectively. For this rational, total NRs. 17.5 millions has been allotted as an
    immediate response to address the contingency disaster situation.

20. Subsequently, NRs. 2/2 million for Kailai and Kanchanpur, 0.5/0.5 for Doti and
    Dadeldhura districts have been already sent. There have been made provision for
    the timely distribution of the allotted relief funds as per the previous decision in
    other remaining districts as well as soon as possible.

21. Ministry of Home Affairs has deployed two separate teams under the leadership
    of Joint-Secretary for Kailali and Kanchanpur, which comprised gazette officers.

22. The District Disaster Relief Committee has been on the process of collecting and
    compiling the facts and data regarding the damages of the physical properties
    including other losses in the disaster affected areas and its regular updates will be
    disseminated in the future.
Rescue and Relief Activities
      Rescue activities were jointly carried out by mobilizing the army helicopters, road
       transport, local community people, Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police and
       People’s Liberation Army (PLAs).

      15/15 temporary camps have been created in Kailali and Kanchanpur districts for
       the shelter of the displaced people.

      Daily consumable utilities i.e. rice and vegetables as well as none-consumable
       stuffs such as tents, blankets, kitchen utensils and pots, were distributed for the
       displaced people in the camps through the District Disaster Relief Committee.

      Dried-foods, medicines and other necessary stuffs were provided via helicopters.

Inspection and Monitoring

      An inspection and monitoring team, comprising with the Member of Parliament
       (MPs), who represent from the flood-affected constitution areas, visited the
       regions under the leadership of the honorable Labor and Transport Minister on 25
       September 2008.

      Home Minister or then Acting Prime Minister visited the fields in inspecting and
       monitoring the relief management activities on 26 September 2008.

      Ministry of Home Affairs deployed two rescue-relief management facilitator
       teams, which also comprised the gazette officers, under the leadership of Joint-
       Secretary for Kailali and Kanchanpur.

Problems and Challenges

      The floods and disasters covered wider areas
      Psycho-socio impact
      Victim identification machinery
      Relief distribution for affected target families
      Reconstruction of public infrastructures at local level
      Reconstruction of livelihoods related infrastructures
      Resettlements of displaced families
      Realistic and detailed data collection
      Cooperation from political parties and civil society for reconstruction activities
      Sectoral responsibility realization and mobilization of coordinated cooperation

                        Table-1: Number of Death
                 District          Died Person     Remarks
         Kailali                             14
         Kanchanpur                          12    4 Missing
         Dadeldhura                           3
         Bajura                               1
         Doti                                 5
         Salyan                               1
         Bajhang                              4
         Darchula                             1
         Total Persons Died = 41

        Table-2: Affected/Displaced Families And Damaged Houses
          District      Affected Displaced          Damaged
                        (Family) (Family)            (House)
        Kailali            16,657
        Kanchanpur         24,971      4,905 500 completely
        Bardiya             1,245        175 701 Sunk, 129
                                              entirely damaged
        Dadeldhura            681
        Doti                    5
        Bajhang                35

           Table-3: Immediate Response
         S        District      Amount
         N                      (Million)
          1 Accham                    1.5
          2 Bajhang                   0.5
          3 Bajura                      2
          4 Bardiya                   0.5
          5 Dadeldhura                  1
          6 Darchula                  0.5
          7 Doti                      0.5
          8 Gulmi                       1
          9 Kailali                     5
         10 Kalikot                     2
         11 Kanchanpur                  3
         12 Salyan                    0.5
         13 Sankhuwashabha            0.5
         Total NRs 17.5 Million

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