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Stories from the flood in Nepal
Nepal was hit by torrential rains that lead to devastating floods throughout the southern regions of the country. Some report it to be the worst flooding in decades. The floods and landslides affected thirty-three districts, more than 158 people have lost their lives, 43,000 families were forced to leave their homes, and 158,000 houses were partially damaged.
We learned that its field staff and project sites had been affected as well. Although many of our employees’ homes were damaged by the floods, fortunately, there was no loss of lives in the areas that we support.
Many of our nursery staff in Nepal were hit hard by the flood. Some people experienced flood damage while others lost their entire homes. Our national directors distributed emergency relief packages to nursery workers and other local families that were in desperate need. Here are some stories of those we helped.
Pabitra Doti's Flood Story
Pabitra, one of our nursery workers, lost all her belongings to the flood. When given her relief package, she was most happy to receive a blanket and a 20kg bag of rice. Her previous blanket had been washed away by the floodwaters, and the water had soiled the rice she had stored in her home.
Saru Mumu's Flood Story
Saru is another nursery worker. With the hot weather and the floodwaters, Nepal’s southern regions are experiencing a mosquito problem. This was especially problematic for Saru as the floods damaged her family’s mosquito net. She was extremely thankful and relieved to receive a new net in her relief package. Having a new net will save Saru and her family from being bitten in the night and keeps them from being exposed to diseases transmitted by mosquitos.
Tulasa Niraula's Flood Story
Tulasa Niraula, one of our first nursery workers in Nepal, had to evacuate her home for two days because the floodwaters had entered her house through previously damaged walls. Tulasa managed to move all her cows, chickens, and goats to an evacuation site at a local school. While staying at the site, Tulasa described the floodwaters as being like an endless ocean. She was very scared; however, she sees her survival from this terrible event as a second chance at life.
An issue Tulasa and many other locals face after the floods are the presence of cobras. When Tulasa came back to her home, a cobra had killed one of her chickens. This loss is very disheartening for Tulasa because the chicken was to hatch 19 eggs, which would have provided even more for her family.
Despite the hardships the floods have unleashed on Tulasa and her family, she is grateful for the relief package and all the help that has been provided for her.
Sukra Bahadur Rai's Flood Story
Sukra and his wife, another local family impacted by the destructive floodwaters, reported severe damage to their home after the floods. Water levels up to Sukra’s shoulder wrecked his home and killed one of his goats and one of his calves. He is currently staying with a relative until he can provide repairs to his home.
Krishna Prasad Niraula's Flood Story
Krishna, a nursery staff worker at Sundarpur, recalls the day the flood began:
The rain was there all day and it was increasing. As the day passed, the water level began to rise. There was no light, no communication. He transported his animals and belongings to a safe place. While at the nursery Krishna noticed the water level was up to his waist. In his 38 years of living in the area, he had never seen anything like this before. He felt like he was going to be washed away.
The flood destroyed Krishna’s entire house. Now he is working in the nursery again, but this time to remove the mud deposited by the flood in the nursery beds. Slowly, the nursery is getting back to normal.
We continue to reach out to help all of our nursery workers and local communities suffering from the devastation of the flood. While some of our sites were negatively impacted by the floods, there is good news in the making. Now that the floodwaters have receded, small trees and saplings planted earlier this summer are already reemerging from the mud.