Sindhupalchok district of Nepal was just hit by a massive flash flood which resulted in loss of lives and infrastructure. 11 people died while 25 went missing according to early reports from the Home Ministry. The monsoon has just started, so the situation looks dire this season. Many locals are stranded without access to road or supplies. Bridges, houses, roads and more have been destroyed. Most of the people are taking shelter in school. Sindhupalchok was the worst hit district in the 2015 earthquake.
There is urgent need of humanitarian help for the current crisis. Everybody in position are trying their best to help. We are providing immediate relief to the survivors of this disaster which include new clothing, female essential supplies as requested by the locals.
Who are we?
We are Seven Summits Women Team, a group of women from Nepal who became the first female team to scale the highest peak in each continent in the year 2014. Following the historic climbing mission we have been leading Education and Empowerment projects in Nepal. After the 2015 earthquake we have been building and supporting schools destroyed by the disaster. Besides, we provide long term mentorship and training to the survivors of girl trafficking helping them develop dignified careers in the tourism industry. One of our team members Maya Gurung is the local resident of Sindhupalchok district who hails from the region of current flooding. Please visit our website to find more www.sevensummitswomen.org.
Further excerpts from The Nepali Times https://www.nepalitimes.com/banner/nepal-valley-suffers-quadruple-disaster/
"Video posts on social media showed walls of muddy water with floating logs and trees rushing down the streets of the town, located at the confluence of Melamchi and Indrawati Rivers.
When this photographer reached the town on Wednesday afternoon, both rivers were still flowing high, heavy with mud and silt.
The rainfall has been unusually heavy in Sindhupalchok district, with some monitoring stations registering above 100mm in the 12 hours between Tuesday and Wednesday morning. "
"Two highway bridges and three suspension footbridges on Melamchi road were destroyed. Several trout farms and paddy terraces were also washed away. In the Bazar itself, most of the damage could be seen in the new construction on the floodplain of the river. "
Radhika Shrestha, Melamchi-11
We live in lower Melamchi near the bridge. I was working in the fields when I got a call from my brother-in-law saying that the river was blocked upstream and to move to higher ground. We ran towards the road that is at a higher level than our house. After a while we saw that the level of water in the river had decreased, so we went home to cook and eat dinner. We were still cooking when we got another warning to leave.
We have eaten biscuits and packaged noodles. We are four people in the family. All our assets have been lost to the flood but we will survive even if we have to beg or do physical labor.
Laxmi Prasad Shrestha, Melamchi-11
Last night, it was the Indrawati river that flooded first. Two hours later, the flashflood in Melamchi destroyed the entire market and houses here.
The police informed us that the flood was coming, so we ran from our houses to higher ground. We are now taking shelter at the school here.
We have lost everything. Our house, the lodge everything was submerged and is now covered in mud. Whatever we had was inside the house and now it is impossible to retrieve. We haven’t thought of the future, we don’t know how we will survive.
Rudra Prasad Dulal, Ward Chief Melamchi 11
Ward number 10 and 11 were worst affected by the flood. Yesterday around 5pm, we received an early warning and we mobilised our team, informed everyone including the security forces. This is the only reason why we didn’t have any casualties in our community.
More than a hundred houses have been inundated in Melamchi. We have rescued four people, with the help of security personnel.
A lot of infrastructure has been destroyed, including bridges and transmission lines.
We have asked one family to stay in one room of the school and are arranging food for them.
- Jennifer Higgins
- Nakul Shrestha
- Sujita Prakash
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