Project Title: Shelter and Recovery Support to Nepal Flood Victims 2017
Supporting agency: Qatar Charity
Project Period: 28 March 2018 to 30 June 2018
The devastating floods in the Terai region, including Rautahat caused by the torrential monsoon rainfall since 10th August 2017 brought unexpected damages and suffering of humanity. The incessant rainfall had triggered a massive scale of flooding in 21 districts in Terai belt damaging more than 80% of its agricultural land, inundating approximately 35,000 houses affecting 11.5 million people. Essential services, such as road transportation, communication and electricity supply were disrupted and cutoff in many parts of districts. So far 128 deaths, 25 injuries and 33 missing cases were recorded with many yet to be reported or missing. In case of Rautahat district, 18 people were dead, 3 people were missing and 3 people were injured, according to updated data of District Disaster Relief Committee of Rautahat. According to data released from Ministry of Agricultural Development, 8.11 billion worth of loss to agricultural sectors as standing crops, food grains, non-food items like bed sheets, utensils etc. and fisheries were damaged. Similarly, Parliament's Agriculture and Water Resources Committee revealed the data on the damage of irrigation amounts to NRs. 2.42 billion as 135 projects, including 15 major irrigation systems were damaged. According to DDRC Rautahat, fully damaged households were 4234, partial damaged households -5980 and total displayed HHs were 25592; altogether 35806 households were affected due to flood.
The project aimed to provide Non-food Items to flood affected communities who are poor, disadvantaged and have a high number of vulnerable populations (children, elderly, disabled, women etc.) in their family. Immediately after the flood, QATAR CHARITY came to support non-food items including CGI sheet to 638 HHs of Rautahat and school bag & stationary to 1500 students of Rautahat and Saralahi district. Flood affected people were in need of support to construct houses; Qatar Charity supplemented them to improve their housing and student to continue school.
- To identify the flood affected ultra-poor and vulnerable people, collect data and verified by Municipality.
- To provide Non-Food items to select flood affected beneficiary households.
- Shelter materials: Plane CGI sheet and Roofing nails.
- School Bag and Stationary items: School Bag, Exercise book, Pencil box, Colour Pencil
Distribution Material Relief Distribution Approach:
- Coordination Meetings were organized at targeted rural/municipalities.
- Relief material distribution approval was taken from targeted local level and district level.
- Trained volunteers were mobilized for household survey and beneficiaries were selected.
- CGI sheet was supported to those households, whose houses were damaged in the flood.
- School bag and stationary items were distributed to the flood affected school student.
Total Beneficiaries and Support Quantity:
- A total of 638 flood affected families who lost homes in the flood 2017 (71 in Durgabhagwati Rural-municipality, 70 in Yamunamai Rural-municipality, 185 in RajpurMunicipality, 159 in Paroha Municipality and 153 in Gaur Municipality) received shelter materials support.
- A total of 2000 students from different schools of Rautahat and Sarlahi districts (1000 in Yamunamai Rural-municipality, 344 in Rajpur Municipality and 156 in Paroha of Rautahat and 178 in Ishworpur Municipality, 101 in Haripurwa Municipality, 221 in Malangwa Municipality of Sarlahi) received bag and stationeries.
Issues and Challenges:
- For huge numbers of flood affected people/HHs, distribution of limited support.
- Local level elected government authorities tried to influence the beneficiary selection and distribution process.
- Community people, who were not selected in the distribution, demanding relief support from distribution.
- Short period of time in preparation for distribution was one of the major challenges.
- There should be sufficient number of volunteers and staffs based on the work nature and the workload of the project.
- Adequate incentives and benefits should be allocated for short-term project staffs. Due to low incentive, qualified candidate doesn’t apply for work.
- There should be logistic support like- printing and laptop/computer support for printing coupon, card and registration sheet. Due to huge data, separate staffs or volunteer is required to handle it, lack of laptop/computer obstructs speed of work.
- Well-motivated, eager to work and qualified volunteers and staff should be mobilized.
- During the beneficiary assessment survey, consultation should be done with more local people and authority. It ensures to reach the needy beneficiaries.
- Before the distribution strong planning needed, including logistic management, work division, distribution point/venue management and distribution carry out.