LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 27, 2016) – Heifer Nepal is assessing damage to project sites in Midwestern Nepal after heavy rainfall triggered mudslides and flooding there. The flooding comes just a little more than a year after the country experienced its largest earthquake in 80 years.
"Water levels started to increase in the Rapti river since Tuesday morning and entered villages in Banke and Dang districts, displacing 900 families,” said Sumnima Shrestha, Heifer Nepal’s communication and resource mobilization manager. It appeared as though our projects were seriously affected, the report from staff said.
While the floods have damaged roads and other infrastructure, the effect on livestock is not yet known. Heifer Nepal is gathering more information on the status of families and their animals.
Heifer currently works in eight districts affected by the flooding and landslides. People there have gathered in the highlands and at schools to escape the rising waters. Fattepur, one area where we work, experienced severe flooding just a few years ago.
Nepal’s Home Ministry reported that the flooding and landslides killed at least 54 people and at least 20 more are missing. At least 14 of the country’s 75 districts have been affected by the floods.
A report from Heifer Nepal said that soldiers and volunteers were using rubber boats to rescue people, and that they were using helicopters to drop food supplies.
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