Heavy rain at the beginning of August in the Sindhupalchowk district in Nepal caused massive landslides which in turn blocked one of the main tributaries of the Koshi River. The initial landslides, together with the threat from the artificial lake that had built up behind the blockage of the river, resulted in 5,000 families being displaced. Rain continued through the month with the number of people displaced by 17 August reached nearly 30,000.
The artificial lake broke its banks on 8 September and families are now in a position to consider moving back into their villages to start rebuilding their lives. Disaster Aid International has earmarked 100 tents and associated equipment for deployment pending the outcome of the needs assessment currently being undertaken on the ground by Ed Cox, DAI’s Deployment Manager. Nepal is not a wealthy country and levels of poverty are particularly high in the villages. International Aid organisations have already identified that displaced adolescent women are particularly vulnerable and it is therefore important for families to be able to locate back to their original communities as soon as possible.
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