Flood Relief in Southern Nepal

by IsraAID
Flood Relief in Southern Nepal
Flood Relief in Southern Nepal
Flood Relief in Southern Nepal
Flood Relief in Southern Nepal
Flood Relief in Southern Nepal
Flood Relief in Southern Nepal
Flood Relief in Southern Nepal
Flood Relief in Southern Nepal

In August 2017, continuous heavy rainfall caused extreme flooding in southern Nepal. The flooding affected 32 districts, of which 18 were classified as heavily damaged. In these districts, there were reportedly 134 fatalities, 190,000 houses destroyed or partially destroyed, and tens of thousands of people rendered homeless. In addition, the flooding significantly damaged school buildings, toilets and water facilities throughout the region.

IsraAID was one of the first international organizations to receive approval from the Government (Central and local level) to respond. On Thursday 17th August, IsraAID sent an emergency team of 16 people to the area.  The team was led by an engineer and had a medical team of six (3 doctors, 2 nurses, pharmacist), WASH officers, a public health team of two, and five Psychological First Aid experts. All were national team members and partners trained or supported by IsraAID Nepal.

The situation was dire and tense. Many were at great risk of water and hygiene related complications and in need of medical and psychological support.

Emergency Response

Emergency Medical Assistance: IsraAID delivered medical assistance in a medical clinic set up in one of the most affected communities, distributed medication, delivered public health messages and hygiene kits.

WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene): IsraAID offered clean water and sanitation solutions to the affected populations by distributing clean water, filtration systems, and purification items, reaching thousands of people. IsraAID’s team utilized community education methods for hygiene promotion and conducted training to the affected communities.

For some families, the water filtration systems IsraAID installed gave them access to clean water for the first time, preventing further outbreaks of waterborne diseases.

Psychosocial Support: IsraAID deployed its national field social workers to provide support, including Psychosocial First Aid (PFA), stress management techniques, and self-care. In the medical clinic, IsraAID’s psycho-social support team was present to give mental health support to those deeply affected by the trauma of losing their homes in the floods. 

WASH Response in Saptari

After the initial emergency response, IsraAID and its partners embarked on a four-month effort to rehabilitate WASH facilities in 17 schools and three health clinics in Saptari, the worst-affected district in the Terai region.

In each of the 20 locations our teams installed a water filtration system to provide access to safe water, and rehabilitated and/or reconstructed the toilets and hand washing facilities where needed. The team taught the schools' students about water, sanitation and hygiene practices. In each location, a community WASH Management Committee was formed or re-engaged, to ensure long-term sustainability.

This project has now been completed. IsraAID’s flood relief to Southern Nepal was made possible thanks to your generous support. IsraAID's team in Nepal continues to support the country’s needs as it recovers from the devastation of the 2015 earthquake.

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New water filter in a school!
New water filter in a school!

Laxmi is an 11th grade student in Saptari, Southern Nepal. Her and her friends did not have suitable toilet facilities at their school after the girls' unit became totally non-functional following the flooding; there was with no running water inside the toilet units or in the hand washing facilities. This situation sometimes forced her and others to be absent from school.

“We did not have any functional female latrines at our school. Being a girl, I felt especially uncomfortable without having proper toilets; some of my friends even missed school during their menstrual period because of this problem. It’s not only doors and locks, we didn't even have water facilities inside the toilets or any hand washing facilities. [….] We now have fully functional toilets with water taps inside each unit. The hand washing station is what I always dreamed of having at my school, I am so happy to get one. This will eventually make learning more efficient for us, especially for the female students.”

In August 2017, continuous heavy rainfall caused extreme flooding in southern Nepal. The flooding affected 32 districts, of which 18 were classified as heavily damaged. In these districts, there were reportedly 134 fatalities, 190,000 houses destroyed or partially destroyed, and tens of thousands of people rendered homeless. In addition, the flooding significantly damaged school buildings, toilets and water facilities throughout the region.

IsraAID, immediately responded to the flood crisis with emergency medical relief and the distribution of non-food items, such as hygiene kits.

After the first phase of the emergency response, IsraAID, and its partners including the Israeli Embassy in Nepal, embarked on a four-month effort to rehabilitate the water, sanitation and hygiene facilities damaged in Saptari, the worst-affected district in the Terai region. The target was public institutions - 17 schools and three health clinics - and aimed to improve access to safe water and eliminate the potential for outbreaks of water-borne diseases post-flood.

In each of the 20 locations our teams installed a water filtration system to provide access to safe water, and rehabilitated and/or reconstructed the toilets and hand washing facilities where needed. The team taught the schools' students about water, sanitation and hygiene practices.

In this region, access to safe drinking water, clean toilets, and a hygiene infrastructure is a challenge year-round, not just in the flood season. So, IsraAID tailored its emergency response to reflect a more long-term solution, not just targeting immediate needs. In each place a WASH Management Committee was formed or re-engaged, and each member was taught about the various aspects of the water infrastructure installed in their locations, and importantly, how to use and maintain these upgraded facilities.

Thank you for your ongoing support; more updates to follow!

Using the new facilities!
Using the new facilities!
New toilet unit and hand-washing station!
New toilet unit and hand-washing station!
Another new toilet unit!
Another new toilet unit!
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The long line to IsraAID's medical clinic
The long line to IsraAID's medical clinic

Barely two years after the 2015 earthquake that rocked Nepal, the south of this small Himalayan Nation experienced major floods and landslides, affecting six million people in 18 districts.

The fast water washed away thousands of houses and permanently damaged farm land, food stocks and water infrastructure. More than 160 people have lost their lives, and many more are still missing. The most affected are often already marginalized and impoverished communities, such as the Dalit, Madhesi and other.

Nepal, among the poorest countries in the world, has very few resources to handle a disaster of this scale. The lack of infrastructure, especially in the localities of these vulnerable communities, exacerbates the risks and makes the need for a response urgent.

IsraAID is one of the first international organizations to receive approval from the Government (Central and local level) for such a response. On Thursday 17th August, IsraAID sent a first response and assessment team of 16 people to the area.  The team was led by an engineer and had a medical team of six (3 doctors, 2 nurses, pharmacist), WASH officers, and public health team of two, and five Psychological first aid expert. All are national team members and partners trained or supported by IsraAID Nepal.

The situation was dire and tense, the victims were in great confusion on how to proceed and where to seek help. Many were at great risk of water and hygiene related complications and in need of medical and psychological support. The recovery process will take time; a sustainable long-term intervention is needed to support the victims with the rehabilitation and reconstruction of their lives and communities.

IsraAID's response

Based on IsraAID’s vast humanitarian experience, both globally and specifically in Nepal, IsraAID worked hand in hand with the government to respond to the identified high-priority needs – offering direct services and capacity building programs, based on the following plan:

Emergency Medical Assistance: Traditional medical facilities were overrun, while a need was identified for mobile clinics to reach difficult of access areas. IsraAID delivered medical assistance in a medical clinic set up in one of the most affected communities, distributed medication to reduce the spread of water-borne diseases, and delivered public health messages and hygiene kits.

WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene): IsraAID offered clean water and sanitation solutions to the affected populations by distributing clean water, filtration systems, and purification items, reaching thousands of people.  As part of the implementation module, IsraAID includes community education methods for hygiene promotion and conducted training to the affected communities.

For some families, the water filtration systems IsraAID installed gave them access to clean water for the first time, preventing further outbreaks of waterborne diseases.

Psychosocial Support: IsraAID deployed its national field social workers to provide support, including Psychosocial First Aid (PFA), stress management techniques, and self-care. In the medical clinic, IsraAID’s psycho-social support team was present to give mental health support to those deeply affected by the trauma of losing their homes in the floods. 

Thank you for your support to our teams in Nepal - their work will not be possible without it! Join them in their efforts to support the victims with rehabilitation and recunstruction of their lives and communities!

Hygiene promotion and distribution
Hygiene promotion and distribution
Water filtration installation and training
Water filtration installation and training
Reception in the clinic
Reception in the clinic
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Outside IsraAID Medical Clinic
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Location: Tel Aviv, Merkaz - Israel
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Navonel Glick
Tel Aviv, Merkaz Israel

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