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Nepal Floods 2008

Nepal Monitor update on Koshi disaster.

Nepal has been devasted by heavy floods this monsoon season, resulting in massive damage, displacements, and obstructions to transportation.

Koshi Floods

Causing a massive humanitarian crisis, the eastern retaining wall (some 10 kilometer to the north of the East-West Highway) of the Koshi River gave way on August 18, 2008. More than 50,000 people in Nepal and many more in the north Indian states of Bihar and Utter Pradesh have been displaced by the floods. Many VDCs of Sunsari District in Nepal are adversely affected. Since a large portion of the highway is destroyed, road transportation has become virtually impossible through the disctrict to the eastern part of Nepal. Experts say it may take several months before the highway will be rebuild.

Far-West Floods

Several districts in the Far-West and some Mid-West saw heavy rainfall during 19-21 September. The result has been severe flash floods and landslides The disaster has affected some 180,000 people. The two most affected districts are Kailali and Kanchanpur.

VDCs of Kailali such as Dasinhapur, Narayanpur, Tikapur, Khailad, Lalbojhi, Bhajani and Thapapur in the south-east corner of the district are worst affectedd. In Kanchanpur, Dekhatbhuli and Shankarpur are the worst affected districts. Other worst hit districts includde Krishnapur, Parasan, Dodhara, Rauteli Bichawa, Rampur Bilaspur, Mahendranagar Municipality.

Links Update

>> >> Mid and Far Western Floods and Landslides OCHA Situation Report No. 4

>> Up-to-date reports from Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Action (OCHA) and Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS)

>> Updates from ReliefWeb: Nepal Floods July 2008

>> Koshi River Flood (Nepal): Disaster area maps (from ReliefWeb) [Other thematic Maps from Nepal UN Platform]

>> Nepal Redcross Society Report (PDF) on food and non-food supply: 26 September, 2006

>> Koshi Disaster Update (#23) from Nepal Red Cross Society (26 Sept, 2008)

>> The Kosi Disaster: Millions Flooded Out (International Rivers)

>> The Making of the 2008 Koshi Disaster (Monthly Review, Sept 18, 2008)

More updates to follow...

Posted by Editor on August 28, 2008 6:21 PM