In response to the devastating floods and landslides that have swept across large parts of Nepal since mid-August, the European Commission is providing EUR 200 000 in humanitarian aid funding to assist the most affected families in various districts across the country. A total of 35 000 people will directly benefit from the aid.
This EU funding supports the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), in collaboration with Nepal Red Cross Society, in delivering food, safe drinking water, sanitation items, and emergency shelter kits. To reduce the risk of water-borne diseases in the aftermath of the floods, hygiene promotion activities are also being provided. Cash grants may be distributed once local markets resume operations.
Since late July, Nepal is facing its worst flooding in 15 years. The incessant rains triggered large-scale floods and landslides in 31 districts, particularly those in the south of the country, resulting in a large-scale humanitarian situation affecting 1.7 million people. Nearly 461 000 people (91 400 families) have been displaced and 143 people have died. Figures are expected to continue to rise as the water recedes and more areas become accessible. The floods and landslides have also left 65 000 homes completely destroyed, and damaged more than 120 000 others.