Continuous rainfall during the Monsoon season unleashed floods and landslides in various parts of Nepal including the mountain district of Gandaki Province.
The majority of the houses (-70%) in Taalgaun of Manang district were inundated by the floods in the Marsyangdi River. Similarly, the rain-swollen rivers led to inundation, floods and landslides in Myagdi.
The restriction in vehicular movement due to damages to the road sections and bridges, remoteness and severe weather conditions hindered rescue and relief operations.
The economic and social disruption caused by the COVID-19 combined with the impact of floods for shelter and disaster-related needs presented an unprecedented challenge to public health and survival.
Our parent organisation Mountain Heart Nepal had previously visited Manang and Myagdi in June to deliver Direct Relief donated Oxygen Concentrators. Therefore to address the current concern of disaster survivors, we got to work.
We sent SOS to our partner organisations and individual donors. With their help, we were able to provide food supplies, tarpaulins and tents to the families affected by the disaster.
The following relief materials were provided by Mountain Heart Nepal to those impacted by flooding:
Myagdi: 70 tarpaulins, and food parcels for 50 families.
Manang: Food parcels for 25 families, 18 dinner tents and tarpaulins.
The air transportation to Myagdi was provided free of cost by Simrik Air, while the Nepal Army Mi17 helicopter financed by the Ministry of Home Affairs airlifted the tents of Mountain Heart Nepal to Taalgaun, Manang.
Stories of Nepal contributed NPR 360,000 to Mountain Heart Nepal’s flood relief campaign to purchase the dinner tents, while food parcels and tarpaulins were supported by individual donors.
Below is a glimpse of our little video showing an amazing emergency response to COVID-19 and flooding in Nepal.