Over 31,000 families in seven Tarai districts that were badly affected by the last monsoon floods have received recovery packages in the last two months.
UNDP, in coordination with the Government of Nepal’s post-flood project Flood Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Project in National Reconstruction Authority, the local governments and municipalities, had initiated the distribution of the China-funded recovery packages in early January following an agreement with the Chinese Embassy.
UNDP Deputy Country Director Sophie Kemkhadze and mayors of municipalities in Saptari on Thursday observed the distribution of recovery packages to families affected by the last monsoon floods.
“I am pleased to see that the recovery packages have reached the right people and that this has helped flood-affected families recover from the crisis,” said Kemkhadze addressing an interaction in Saptari. “I’d like to thank the newly elected representatives of local governments for their support in making this program a success.”
Satish Sing, Mayor, Tilathi Koiladi Municipality said the flood-prone areas in the Tarai need a longer-term program on disaster preparedness and risk management.
Launched in early January, the project utilized US$ four million Chinese assistance to provide recovery packages to flood-affected families in seven districts: Sunsari, Saptari, Sarlahi, Dhanusha, Mahottari, Rautahat and Parsa districts of Provinces 1 and 2.
This assistance comes in response to the extensive damage and displacement caused by the 2017 floods in the country’s south. In August last year, the Terai experienced the heaviest rainfall recorded in the past 60 years, resulting in widespread flooding across 35 districts, taking the lives of 160 people, destroying over 43,000 houses, partially damaging 192,000 houses, and displacing over 21,000 families. Over 80 percent of land in the southern Terai region was inundated. A post-flood assessment conducted by the Government of Nepal found that 1.7 million people were affected by the disaster.