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Providing emergency relief support to Nepalese communities impacted by massive flooding
Monday, September 25, 2017

Several districts of Nepal, already plagued by the 2015 earthquake, have been impacted by heavy monsoon rains since last July. The torrential downpours continued throughout August 2017 and caused massive floods and several landslides that have affected some 1.7 million people. These are the worst rains Nepal has experienced in last 15 years, especially in areas such as Morang and Sunsari districts, in the South-Eastern part of the country, where this type of weather is unusual.

Access to affected areas has improved thanks to recent road repairs, but displaced communities are still struggling with food/water and shelter. The inundation from the flood waters contaminated the drinking water sources, and as of 15 September, more than 20,888 families reside in make-shift shelters or with neighbors. This has led to a series of health-related issues, include widespread illness and disease.

The Good Shepherd Sisters’ (GSS) Opportunity Village Nepal (OVN) is planning to reach out and assist those impacted by the floods and landslides. They expect to assist about 300 people, some 50 households, in the Morang and Sunsari districts. The objective of this emergency relief is to meet the immediate humanitarian and early recovery needs of families who lost their homes, families with ill and injured members, women and children in difficult conditions (especially single or pregnant women), and people in need of urgent support.

During this relief effort, the OVN, operating in Nepal since 1988, will work closely with District Disaster Relief Committee (DDRC), Nepal Red Cross Society, and government and local agencies. They will also coordinate their efforts with non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations (CBOs), religious organizations belonging to Catholic congregation, including CARITAS Nepal, and local level organizations. 

To ensure that hundreds of families in Nepal get the urgent basic care and support they need to rebuild their lives, consider donating to the OVN and the Good Shepherd International Foundation today.  Any contribution, big or small, will go a long way.