Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS) has announced that it will collaborate with Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS)to assist the flood victims in Nepal.
The announcement was made at a press meet in Kathmandu on Wednesday, in the presence of Qatar's ambassador Yousuf bin Mohamed al-Hail, QRCS board member Reema al-Muraikhi and acting head of Nepal mission Ahmed al-Sharif.
QRCS is working in four of the flood-affected districts — Banke, Bardia, Morang and Jhapa — through the fund for development programme. QRCS is collaborating with NRCS to provide food, shelter, sanitation and medical services worth $250,000. QRCS aims to support 4,000 households and 20,000 individuals in three months.
The programme has already benefited 827 of targeted households. QRCS has been active in Nepal since 2013, with many projects in water, sanitation and healthcare. Through its office opened in April 2015, QRCS was among the first responders to the 2015 earthquake, offering support in healthcare, water and sanitation, food and non-food items, and power generators, which helped more than 50,000 people.
The floods have had a destructive impact on critical infrastructure with 80 schools across 28 districts destroyed and a further 710 damaged. Ten health posts have been destroyed and 64 have been partially damaged.
In addition, 64,000 hectares of standing crops have been destroyed in the 10 worst affected districts. This will likely impact communities’ livelihoods and compromise food security, which is being compounded as food stocks have also been destroyed.
Nepal experienced a period of sustained, heavy rainfall resulting in widespread flooding across 35 of the country’s 75 districts. Several districts recorded the heaviest rainfall in 60 years, and over 80% of land in the southern Terai region was submerged by flood waters.
An initial rapid assessment in 28 districts found out that 1.7mn people have been affected by the floods. With almost 65,000 houses destroyed, 460,000 people have been displaced and there are an estimated 19,000 individuals currently living in various sites including schools while some 40 communities remain inaccessible.