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ICCO supports flood-affected communities in Nepal and Bangladesh

From 11th August onwards, severe floodings took place in Nepal and Bangladesh due to incessant rains. ICCO Cooperation, together with Kerk in Actie and ACT Alliance, helps the victims of the floods.

ICCO supports flood-affected communities in Nepal and Bangladesh

Update 25-08-2017

ICCO Cooperation and our local partner (CCDN), with support from Kerk in Actie (KiA), is supporting 600 flood-affected households from Rautahat District, Nepal. The distribution program is being conducted in collaboration with District Disaster Relief Committee (DDRC) of Rautahat. 
Each relief package consists of: 
1. 30kg rice
2. 3 kg lentil 
3. 2 liter cooking oil
4. 2 packets of iodine salt
5. 500 gram spices 
6. 200 gram chilli powder 
7. 200 gram turmeric 
8. 1 vial piyush 
9. Double bed mosquito net (2 per family)

In light of the recent floods in Bangladesh, Nepal and India that have affected more than 16 million people, the necessity to equip vulnerable communities with knowledge, skill and training to prepare for such natural disasters seems even more urgent. 

Recently with ICCO Cooperation's support, ISARD, our local implementing partner in Nepal, conducted a Participatory Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment Mapping in 9 DRR groups in Piskar VDC of Sindhupalchowk district.  Vulnerable areas in the villages were identified with the help of the communities, along with open spaces for safe evacuation and service centres, like the health-posts, agro-vets, and police stations, were mapped out. Based on these findings, an emergency tool-kit was designed (consisting of first-aid kits, safety equipment and basic tools) and handed over to the Local Disaster Risk Management Planning Group (LDRMP). These kits will be distributed by the LDRMP to the smaller DRR groups, hospitals and police stations in the VDC.

floods in Bangladesh

The death toll of the floods in Bangladesh has risen to 114 and approximately 6.9 million people have been affected by the floods. At least 110,400 hectares of cultivated land have been destroyed. In Nepal, the government has reported 141 deaths and nearly 160,000 families have been displaced. The ministry of Agricultural Development has reported that crops worth tens of millions of dollars have been destroyed and nearly 70,000 livestock lost.

Our teams in Nepal and Bangladesh are already on the ground after completing the needs assessment” says Pepijn Trapman, Regional Manager of ICCO South & Central Asia. “Together with our local partners, KiA and ACT Alliance, we will be providing emergency support to 2000 families in Gaiabndha district of Bangladesh and 600 families in Rautahat district of Nepal”.

The flood affected persons find themselves in a desperate situation, with many unmet vital humanitarian needs such as access to sufficient food, safe shelter, safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure, livelihood activities and adequate nutrition.