Flooding, landslides & cholera outbreak grip Nepal

Haripur, Saptakosi, Nepal. August 2008. ShelterBox last assisted families in Nepal after flooding in 2008 (Mark Pearson/ShelterBox).
Haripur, Saptakosi, Nepal. August 2008. ShelterBox last assisted families in Nepal after flooding in 2008 (Mark Pearson/ShelterBox).

A ShelterBox response team is being mobilised in response to large scale flooding which has affected vast swathes of Nepal, caused by days of incessant rainfall. 

Earlier this month communities along the Nepal-China border were submerged by rising floodwater. Meanwhile similar scenes have been witnessed along the Nepalese border with India and many districts in-between. It is now estimated that as many as 19 districts are currently underwater across the mountainous country.

Along the western border of the country flood damage was so severe that much of the infrastructure was washed away. Around 20,000 families had to be evacuated by helicopters into neighbouring India.

As conditions have worsened fears of a potential outbreak of cholera have now emerged. Drinking water has become contaminated in recent days and many fear the worst of the damage to buildings will not become fully apparent until floodwaters have receded.

Nepalese authorities have been quick to provide food and medical supplies but there remains a need for shelter as families are still left stranded from their homes. ShelterBox last sent aid to Nepal following flooding in 2008.

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