| Jun 30, 2015
Nepal's Next Disaster: The Monsoon
IsraAID building shelters
“The coming monsoon makes the relief efforts – shelter, clean water and sanitation – even more urgent. Rising temperatures, contaminated water, poor sanitation and heavy rains pose a serious risk of landslides, and water and mosquito-borne illnesses.” - Nepal Youth Foundation project report
Just two months after earthquakes in Nepal killed more than 8,000 people, injured more than 22,000 (reported by UNHCR), and displaced millions (reported by BBC), the country has entered monsoon season. Already, floods and landslides have devastated six villages and killed at least fifteen people in eastern Nepal.
GlobalGiving partners, with support from your donations to the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund, are working urgently to provide relief and rebuild communities as heavy rains threaten their efforts. The photos were provided by IsraAID on their efforts to build shelters for families that will withstand monsoon season.
- All 795 houses in the village of Sunkhani were destroyed by the earthquakes. As monsoon season begins, village residents fear that the plastic tents that serve as their temporary shelters will not provide adequate protection from severe weather. Binaytara Foundation is working to help the village rebuild the homes and is providing stable, metal roofs that can withstand the heavy rain and hail. International Disaster Volunteers (IDV) is distributing Shelter Repair Kits to residents in Arukharka village, so families can complete their own shelters in anticipation of the monsoon.
- The Nepal Trust is working in Sindalpulchowk, which sustained the highest number of earthquake fatalities of any district in the country. The Trust is providing tents, food, clean water and filters to ensure people are fed and kept warm during the rainy season and is also working to secure adequate, sturdy shelters in the advent of the storms.
- MADRE provided dry clothing and shelter to a mother and her newborn baby after the pair was rescued from a tent buffeted by heavy rains and hail; the organization is distributing relief kits with blankets, diapers, and basic hygiene supplies to pregnant women and new mothers affected by the quakes. MADRE’s women-run partner organizations are also supporting remote indigenous communities, many of whom have no other sources of humanitarian relief.
- Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF) is ensuring that hospitals are supplied with medical equipment and that discharged patients in Kathmandu and Pokhara are able to recuperate in “recovery centers”. NYF is especially concerned with women and children, distributing food, clean water, and toys, and operating day-care facilities to serve families that have lost their homes.
“[The monsoon season will] heap tragedy on top of tragedy for Nepal,” Laura Blank, spokesperson for World Vision, told The Wall Street Journal. She added that landslides are a particular concern as “the ground can give way and it’s not unusual for entire villages to be buried” and that the weather “would make it difficult for helicopters to fly, rubble from landslides can bury roads or hiking paths, and anyone walking on foot would find it nearly impossible to travel” to remote areas in order to provide resources and relief.
Your generosity and support for our partners committed to the long-term recovery in Nepal is making sure that survivors weather the storm and that all the progress made so far is not lost. Thank you.
Shelter built by IsraAID