Dev Narayan Yadav, 40, lost his house in what is being described as one of the worst flood to hit Nepal’s Tarai in the last 15 years. But unlike many families who lost everything to the inundation, Dev Narayan was relieved that his tiny shop, his only source of earning, was untouched by the devastation. “I open the shop during the day and my whole family sleeps in it during the night,” said Dev Narayan.
Luckily, the tarpaulin provided by Habitat for Humanity came just in time to help him turn his small shop into a makeshift shelter for his family. “The tarpaulin sheet has indeed given us a temporary roof over our heads and relief during the disaster,” he said.
Habitat for Humanity Nepal has been mobilizing volunteers to assist flood-affected families through distribution of emergency relief and clean-up campaigns. Over 80 relief kits comprising items such as water backpack, tarpaulin sheets, water purifiers and mosquito nets have been distributed to flood-affected families in Morang, Sunsari and Saptari districts. So far, 1,400 volunteers have been mobilized to clean up waterlogged homes and distribute relief kits.
Habitat Nepal is working side by side with its partner agencies–Sahara Nepal and Jeevan Bikas Samaj–and is also collaborating with the District Disaster Relief Committee, municipality representatives, communities and youth to assist flood-affected families in the eastern region.
Habitat Nepal is planning a three-phase intervention comprising of emergency relief, recovery and reconstruction response to help families hit by the devastating floods that ravaged 35 districts along the country’s southern plains.