Kathmandu, September 25:
The United Nations and its humanitarian partners issued an appeal today in response to flooding in the east. The appeal seeks $15.5 million to cover the needs of at least 70,000 people over six months.
â€œWe have witnessed the generous response of local communities, who, despite
widespread poverty, have helped affected families with food, water, and clothing
and who have helped shelter the displaced,â€ said Robert Piper, humanitarian coordinator for Nepal.
â€œI hope that donors
will also respond with generous assistance to help communities and local government shoulder this load, and
ensure that this humanitarian support continues,â€ Piper said.
â€œAs it will be many months before these families will be able to go home, their support will prove crucial to stabilise the precarious conditions of the displaced,â€ he added.
This response plan comes in addition to Nepalâ€™s $102 million Transition Appeal for 2008, currently only 44.5 per cent funded. While the appeal is helping agencies address chronic problems in Nepal across all sectors, the flood emergency has added acute needs to an already challenging and complex humanitarian environment.
Earlier this week, the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund released
Rs 184 million to support priority life-saving needs to tens of thousands affected by the Koshi floods in Saptari and Sunsari districts.
The purpose of the fund is to provide seed money to respond to urgent humanitarian needs and to bridge financing needs from the wider global donor community, according to a press release.
The funds released for Nepal will be provided through a number of UN agencies and International non-government organisations that are part of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, the primary humanitarian mechanism for coordinating humanitarian operations at the global level.
Activities to be covered by the grant include emergency food assistance, livestock feeding, safe water and sanitation for flood affected populations, emergency health assistance.