• On Oct 14, 2019

    The monsoon rain followed by the flood of July 2019 displaced and killed thousands of people in Rautahat District alone. As a response to the devastating event ISAP along with Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) has been actively responding to the hazardous situation. ISAP recently distributed Hygiene Kit, Shelter Kit, Kitchen Kit and Food sufficient enough for at least 6 weeks to the 750 households of the affected region. The distribution was carried out from the 20th of September till the 30th of September. The team was actively involved in the field for months ensuring to help make life at least survivable for the community. Here are some pictorials directly from the field.

  • On Aug 21, 2019

    JOIN OUR TEAM: ISAP is looking for a Deputy Project Lead to carry out humanitarian response program for those affected by the recent floods in Rautahat District. You would be expected to lead a team of 4-5 individuals and be responsible for team management, financial management, activity implementation, report writing and M&E. The position entails coordination with Municipal governments, DDMC, donors and vendors for relief distribution. This is a fixed-term 2-month contract starting Sept 1 and ending on October 30. Apply by 5 PM, August 26, 2019.

    Link: https://merojob.com/deputy-project-lead-2/

  • On Jul 29, 2019

    “The first time I sat in front of a proper camera was when I first went to a photo studio to take a picture of myself for my citizenship card. That was decades ago and I have not faced a camera since.” shares Kishun Ram nervously looking at the camera that the assessment team was holding.
    Kishun is not an angry man as he appears to be in the picture. That’s just him being nervous and needless to say, Kishun is not happy.

    Kishun approached us as soon as we got down of our vehicle and asked us to check if his house was damaged enough. He grabbed one of the team members by the hand and asked the rest of us to come along and so we did.

    “Apparently, losing everything to flood is not enough, they want me to lose my house too and only then I will qualify as a victim,” said Kishun as he took us inside his house. Only the Municipality team had approached before our team who had distributed about 8 KGs of rice and a kilo of Lentils to every house without differentiating but few organizations who had distributed food ration and shelter kit in other municipalities had not included houses like his in their list of victims which is why he feared that we would not count him in.

    Now 67 years old, Kishun has been here since birth. The last flood he remembers before 2017 AD was about 11 years ago but it was not as big as it was 2 years ago. After the flood in 2017, he was hoping that it would not happen again but the area got flooded again in 2018, back then he had recently rebuilt his house and thankfully there was no damage to his house then. “Everything was going fine this year until we saw the Armed Police Force rushing into our village. Bakaiya (the river close to the settlement) had been roaring since the morning but that was all it did last year and we were hoping that 2017 will not happen to us twice but there was our police force requesting us to evacuate the place. It was about 3 pm when we got the warning. We did not have much time, we took everything we could carry and we went to the school nearby and sat down praying nothing happens to the house, hoping that it was a false warning and our home does not get flooded but our prayers did not work. I can’t recall the exact time of the disaster but it should be about 1 am when the flood reached our village, none of us were asleep then, we could not see anything but we could hear it approaching closer and closer. We stayed in the school for 3 days, the movement was not possible. We had carried food items with us when we left for safety but none of us could eat. We went back to our village on the fourth day after the water receded. At first, I jumped with joy seeing my house still standing but what I saw inside made me hate the fact that I was not caught in the flood. The structure stands tall but I know it will collapse anytime, my sons have already spent so much on the house and I do not want to burden them with another loan for rebuilding this house”, shared Kishun with the team.
    Kishun worked as a porter at Gaur when he was young, he says that the earning was not bad but with 6 mouths to feed, saving money for future was something he could only dream of. He worked as much as he could but his aging body could no longer support his profession and he has not been working since the last 10 years. He has 3 daughters who are married and they only visit him sometimes, his sons stay with their families in Birgunj district so it’s only him and his wife at home. His sons used to visit him once a month and give them some money. They have their own families to take care of so every month they do take turns and give him NRs. 3000 every month which could cover for his and his wife’s medicines, and the remaining money could cover for oil and vegetables and other spices for him and his wife. They had ample quantity of rice stored in their house that could last them until next harvest but the flood swept away everything. His farm is still underwater and with that much water covering the farms, he will not have any production of grains this season. After the flood in 2017, his sons had asked him and his wife to come to Birgunj and stay with them but he did not want to leave the place. The entire community is like family to him so he does not want to go anywhere else, it took his sons about 6 months to rebuild the house after the flood in 2017. This time the structure stands still but there is nothing left inside.

  • On Jul 26, 2019

    Published in today's Karobar (National Economic Daily Paper). #SAFII #ISAP #PWJ #JICA

  • On Jul 26, 2019

    Field update from Rautahat!

    We are conducting a humanitarian response for the people affected by the recent floods in Rautahat. Overall, 29 people have died from the floods and over 25,000 houses have been partially or completely damaged in the district. The situation is far worse than what we have encountered so far in other recent disasters including the Gorkha Earthquake of 2015, Saptari-Sunsari Floods of 2017 and the 2019 windstorm of 2019. Below is an excerpt from our field teams' observations of a small village called Barhampuri in Raj Devi Municipality in the district.

    Barhampuri, Ward 9, Rajdevi Municipality, Rautahat District: As requested by the Mayor of Rajdevi Municipality, the team started the assessment from Barhampuri village. The village is located at approximately 5-6 kilometers from Gaur Municipality but due to heavy rainfall and poor road conditions, it took the team about 45 minutes to reach the village. As per the locals, in normal road conditions, the time taken to reach Barhampuri from Gaur municipality is less than 15 minutes in own vehicle. The Indian Railway Department had diverted the direction of Bagmati River to lay railway tracks about 55 years ago which had displaced the entire village. All the villagers were relocated by Red Cross about 50 years ago but since the flood in 2017, Bagmati River has resumed it’s original track and now the entire village is at the verge of being swept away. Due to flood alert circulated by Ncell a day prior to the flood, the villagers managed to escape to safer areas and higher lands on time which is why there were no casualties reported from the area. Due to the heavy rainfall, the assessment team could not gather much data from the villagers, the villagers available around during the time of assessment had no idea regarding the total number of households and the number of damaged households so the team just went around the village.

    Team Observation:
    • Before the team entered the settlement, the team noticed that the flood had entered Sugarcane farms and grain farms in the area which will further add to the problem as the villagers will not have any production this season.
    • The hand pumps in the village had been contaminated but the villagers are compelled to drink the same water as there is no other alternative.
    • The firewood that the villagers had stored got swept away by the flood and the alternatives available in the market such as LPG gas Stoves and Kerosene are not affordable by the villagers.
    • The food ration that the villagers had stored also got damaged by the flood. At present children as young as 6 years old are going to market areas in search of wage so feed for the family. This has directly contributed to Child Labor and has also increased their chances of being physically abused.
    • The houses have been totally damaged and belongings have swept away or rendered unusable.

    Immediate Requirement:
    • Food ration that lasts them for at least 1 month
    • Tarpaulin
    • Kitchen Utensils
    • Mosquito Nets
    • Drinking-Water Purifier/ Safe Drinking Water
    • Sanitation and Hygiene Kit
    • Mattress and Blankets
    • Clothes

    *Sharing some of the heart-wrenching
    pictures directly from the field.

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