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International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2017 – “HOME SAFE HOME”

“We went without food for a day until the next day when people came to our village to distribute emergency supplies.

We have been living in a makeshift shelter built using the tarpaulin sheets provided by Habitat for Humanity Nepal.” — Anita, Home partner, Habitat for Humanity Nepal

On August 12, when the flood water entering her house rose to 1 meter, Anita and her family of five ran out in panic. The only safe spot was the roof of the nearby temple in Biratnagar district where her family lives. Anita, 18 years old, her parents and her two sisters could only watch helplessly as the flood waters swept away all their belongings and destroyed their house located along the bank of the Singya river. Even her father’s rickshaw, the family’s only source of income was swept away. The only bright spot was that the entire family was together and safe.

The next day, after the flood waters receded, Anita and her family began cleaning through mud and debris trying to salvage some necessities and looking for food to eat. But there was nothing except for a few plates and pottery. They went without food for a day until people came to distribute emergency supplies.

We have been living in a makeshift shelter built using tarpaulin sheets provided by Habitat for Humanity Nepal. Habitat Nepal, together with our local partners helped those affected to clean up their homes and distributed relief materials like water back packs, tarpaulins, and water purification.

“The relief materials provided by Habitat Nepal were really useful. Currently 50 families living in this community are living in temporary shelters built with the tarpaulins that were distributed.”