On the night of March 31 to April 1, the districts of Bara and Parsa in southern Nepal, was hit by a powerful rain storm, which killed at least 27 people and left 600 wounded. The power of the wind was such that the storm destroyed houses, overturned cars and buses, uprooted trees and destroyed power lines, making roads impassable and communication difficult.
"All employees of CECI and volunteers currently working in the country have been contacted and are safe," said Sita Ram Bhatta, Director of CECI-Nepal. "The CECI-Nepal team is hard at work to make a more accurate assessment of the needs of disaster areas, located in a rural area south of Kathmandu along the border with India where houses are made with mud and thatch roof and where communities live largely agriculture and livestock. "
The CECI Nepal team, familiar with humanitarian practice and specific needs that arise following a crisis, is already preparing to respond to the recovery phase of this disaster. ”According to the needs we are currently assessing, we plan to support access to clean water and food, and support the coordination of the displaced families, often grouped in camps to reduce the risk of violence experienced by women and inter-caste tensions. In a later phase, we wish to support the restart of activities that allow families to recover their livelihoods, such as agriculture and the replacement of lost livestock, that are essential for those families" said Dilip Chinnakonda, Director of the Asia region, aid humanitarian and operations.
More details are to follow.