Monday, September 11, 2017

UN Global Emergency Response Fund provides $4.8 million for flood affected

The UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has announced $4.8 million new humanitarian funding to help address urgent needs amongst flood affected communities in the Terai.
"The CERF is one of the fastest ways that the UN has to support people affected by crises,” UN Resident Coordinator Valerie Julliand said. "These funds will allow the Humanitarian Country Team through UN agencies and their partners to quickly scale-up their urgent activities and deliver additional shelter, food, critical health care and more to 700,000 people," he said, adding that the latest disaster has impacted already vulnerable and poor regions of Nepal including areas of the Terai which were affected by major flooding in 2014. "Schools, medical centres and houses have been destroyed and large areas of crops washed away."
Immediate assistance is now needed to help people recover and to prevent a further worsening of the humanitarian situation," Julliand added. "The rapid allocation from the CERF is hugely important and my appreciation goes to all donors to the fund whose support will help to reduce human suffering and to restore dignity."
At least 66 persons were killed and 35 were injured in the floods and landslides triggered by torrential rainfall in various parts of the country in August last month.
According to the Home Ministry, hundreds of families have been displaced after floodwaters gushed into human settlements in most parts of the Terai region.
Panchthar, Ilam, Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Siraha, Rautahat, Mahottari,  Sindhuli, Bara, Parsa, Makawanpur, Chitwan and Lalitpur are some of the most flood-affected districts.